Henri Samuel was a legendary French interior decorator who created a style based on 18th century grandeur. In fact, he collected fine furniture of the 17th and 17th and 18th centuries with which he decorated his home. Yet, Samuel also loved commissioning modern work from contemporary designers and craftsmen. One of his more favorite furniture artist was Philippe Hiquily, the sculpture who died earlier this year, and who was engaged with crafting furniture of metal. His collection was sold by Christie's Paris in 1996.