When the rich and famous wanted a futuristic look for their mansions, apartments, corporate headquarters, showrooms or yachts in the 1970s, they knew who to call.

Futurism, along with minimalism, was the hallmark of the French interior designer François Catroux, who at the age of five had decided that the faux Louis XVI décor favored by his well-to-do parents was definitely not the way forward. He would go on to throw contemporary ideas of style up in the air before sweeping most of what fell back into the gutter.

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