By the early 1950s, Pierre had already decided that he wanted to design furniture, showing his early prototypes at the Salon des Arts Menages. With luck and his talent, he was then engaged to design desks and chairs for Thonet in France. Fast forward a decade or so, Pierre’s distinctive signature, both as furniture and an interior designer, was taken up by France’s highest officials, designing interiors and furniture for President Georges Pompidou’s office in the early 1970s and later for Francois Mitterrand. Many dignitaries would have seen this work, so it’s not surprising that Prime Minister and later, President Jacques Chirac commissioned Pierre to remove his private dining room. When other government officials would have opted for safe traditional (read ‘conservative’) interiors, the French government was keen to show its strong sense of modernity.