Born 1928, Paris, France
Claude Lalanne studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the École des Arts Décoratifs. She involved herself in the artist community in Impasse Ronsin, Montparnasse, Paris and became friends with American artists Larry Rivers and Jimmy Metcalf who helped her develop the art of electro-plating, which she used to such great effect with her jewellery. She met her future husband, François-Xavier Lalanne, at his first gallery show of paintings in 1952, but together as Les Lalannes they developed their sculpting career together.
The jewels that Claude has designed (without François-Xavier) are inspired by the natural world and she is drawn especially to the textures and lines of plants.