André Arbus was born to a family of cabinetmakers in Toulouse. Enrolled in military school, ill health forced him to transfer to the École des Beaux-Arts, where he met the sculptor Henry Parayre who became a friend and mentor, as well as a collaborator on a pair of sycamore armchairs, 1942-1944. Arbus debuted at the Paris Salons in 1926 and moved to Paris in 1930, opening the gallery L'Epoque at 22 rue la Boétie. He exhibited his work at the spring and autumn Salons, establishing working relationships with Vadim Androusov, Paule Marrot, Gilbert Poillerat, Belmondo, and Baguès. Arbus' inspiration for his furniture designs was rooted in classicism, specifically in Louis XVI, First and Second Empire styles. He worked primarily in sycamore, with surface coverings of vellum, parchment, galuchat and lacquer, and with plates and mounts in metal. Singularly or combined, these materials created a sumptuousness that defined his style and marked his work during his life. Arbus received countless commissions and opportunities to show his work during the 1930s and proved even busier following the war. Much of Arbus' best work was produced in the 1940s and 1950s, and he remained in Paris until his death in 1969.