Born in 1960 in Sousse, Tunisia, Charles Zana grew up in a family of collectors. After graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1986, he moved to New York and found his way by working with various architecture studios. Back in Paris, he graduated with a DPLG archi-tecture degree and immediately created his own agency in 1990. Very quickly, he established himself internationally by building hotels, restaurants, concept stores, apartments and private houses. The elegance and flowing lines that char-acterise his creations recall the golden age of the 1930s. Also a designer, assembler and scenographer, Charles Zana designs living spaces and sophisticated, understated objects too.