Born in Nantes in 1887, René Prou came to Paris after being graduated of the Bernard Palissy’s school. Then, he began his career of decorator as artistic director of the Maison Gouffé. At the same period, Prou created a cave decorated with beads for the couturier Paul Poiret during the Universal Exhibition of 1937.
René Prou soon had many orders. Such as : The board room of the Paris Discount countertop and the residence of the Ambassador of Paraguay. He realized also first class cabins for transatlantic Paris and decorating liners Normandie, Atlantique, Lafayette, Champlain, De Grasse and Volubilis.
Paquebot LAFAYETTE, dining room “des Cabines”
In the 1920′s, René Prou led the National School of Decorative Arts where he was also teaching. Later, In 1928, René Prou succeeded Paul Follot as the art director of Pomone « le bon marché » until 1932.
The Prou line had as characteristic the metal work made as flexible as rattan. The subtlety and fine lines reveal the luxury and elegance of its decoration work.
Lacquered metal bed covered with fur, fabric edited by Pierre Frey
Buffet of dining room in walnut
In 1930, a catalog of the company listed the architectural and decorative works of Prou: 300 furnished rooms, 60 private residences, 30 banks, 400 train compartments for the international company of 15 beds and transatlantic wagons. These prestigious works have made him a famous and must decorator.
Bar car « Côte d’Azur » from Orient Express decorated by René Prou.
Angle cabin for bed car
In 1913, René Prou had a daughter , Geneviève. Fascinated by beautiful furniture, painting and architecture she later became the wife of Pierre Frey, a union that will be the beginning of a great family story. Geneviève Prou has retained her father’s words “the importance of elegance, esthetics, eviedence of sincerity and respect“.