Jean Nouvel was born in Fumel, France, in 1945. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was a founding member of the Mars 1976 movement and the French Architecture Union. His work has gained worldwide recognition through many awards. His French awards include the Gold Medal of the Academy of Architecture, two Équerres d’Argent and the National Grand Prize for Architecture. His current projects include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the National Museum of Qatar, 53W53 in New York. In the field of design, starting from 1987 Jean Nouvel has developed several collections, and created the company Jean Nouvel Design (JND) in 1995. He has designed more than 100 objects and furniture items. In 2016, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs invited him to present his design work (Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte).
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