When François Laffanour opened Galerie Downtown in Paris in 1982, he quickly realized that the importance of the work of Le Corbusier, Prouvé, Perriand and Jeanneret had to be recognized. These fascinating figures where mainly rediscovered thanks to the patient but unflagging work of the gallery, which reputation has henceforth been associated with architects’ furniture. In 2002 he acquired the archives of Galerie Steph Simon, which commercialized the work of Prouvé, Perriand, Mouille and Jouve between 1956 and 1974.
Through his sensibility François Laffanour mixes post-war design with contemporary furniture by artists such as Choi Byung Hoon, Ettore Sottsass or Ron Arad. François Laffanour is administrator of the CNE, vice-president of the SNA, administrator of the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts, and Officer of the Arts and Letters.