Jean-Michel Wilmotte studied interior design at the Camondo School of Interior Design in Paris. Just two years after graduating, he founded his own agency in Paris in 1975
His style influenced a number of personalities including François Mitterrand, who asked him to design part of his private apartments in the Elysée Palace in 1982. Soon after, the mayor of Nimes, Jean Bousquet, commissioned the redevelopment of the city hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. Jean-Michel Wilmotte earned his degree in architecture in 1993, allowing him to work on large scale and to develop the “interior design of cities” concept. Over the years, the agency has diversified and operates primarily in five key areas: architecture, interior design, museology, urbanism and design. His creations include the realization of the cultural center of Bunkamura in Japan in 1989, the restructuring of the Palais des Congrès de Bordeaux in 2003 and the interior design of the new headquarters of LVMH in 2004. In that year Jean- Michel Wilmotte also designed one of the most successful FORGE DE LAGUIOLE collections : a selection of brightly-colored knives with multicolored acrylic glass handles.