- 1937 - 2009 †
Rena Dumas discovered architecture as an adolescent, whilst observing her brother when he was a student at the polytechnic in Athens. Very quickly, she decided to follow the same path, with a partiality for interior architecture. Graduating from the 'École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art' in Paris, she continues her education in Greece and the United States. In 1968, her meeting with the architect André Wogenscky opens new horizons, notably in the correspondence of their professions. Appointed in charge of Robert Anxionnat's Paris practice, she carried out a number of projects including the offices of Time Life and the boardroom and private apartments of the Shire Headquarters of Seine Saint Denis. In 1972 she opened her own office, Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure. Amongst her first clients were the Marine, Middland Bank and the Urquijo Bank. The collaboration with Hermès began in 1976. Since 1983, Rena Dumas has also been designing furniture and objects. In this "secret garden", she explores in particular a nomadic type furniture, folding/unfolding, enabling to search further into the intelligence behind structural articulations. With a vocabulary built on simplicity and absence of embellishment, it allows the subtlety of its touch to be fully expressed. Wife of Jean-Louis Dumas, mother of Sandrine Dumas and of Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Rena Dumas passed away on the 27th April 2009. Rena Dumas embodied the values of excellence of her profession.