Architect, city planner and designer, Jean-Michel Wilmotte was born in 1948 in Soissons (France). He founded his own architecture firm in Paris in 1975. Jean-Michel Wilmotte takes an interest in everything in equal measure: from the most improbable to the most obvious, from the top of the range to the most economical, from the smallest thing to the most imposing. What does a door handle (designed for Hafi) have in common with large-scale sports facilities (the Allianz Riviera stadium)? Jean-Michel Wilmotte likes to go where no one expects him. This range of scale and activity allows him an excellent overview; he has the leisure of thinking afresh and “reinventing” each time, always upholding the same demanding level of quality and attention to detail. He formed his team with this in mind: a variety of skills, characters, nationalities, and expertise. Art is everywhere in his life. An enthusiastic collector, he visits a museum here, a contemporary art fair there. The encounters and discoveries these engender are a source of inspiration for Jean-Michel Wilmotte. They are a true driver of his existence.