Algerian-French master of metal Max Sauze was born in Algiers in 1933. He studied at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Alger (1953- 56) and the École Camondo in Paris (1956-59). Shortly after, he began producing his own designs in a small art workshop in Algiers. In 1963, Sauze moved back to France, to Éguilles near Aix en Provence.
By 1968, Sauze had founded his eponymous company dedicated to working with aluminum—especially in the creation of dynamic, sculptural lighting fixtures. He designs most frequently involve bent and interwoven aluminum strips over steel wire structures. This production process is said to come from Sauze’s spiritual outlook and the essential recurrent nature of life.
Though Sauze is now retired, he still lives in Éguillee. His Garden of Éguillee is open to the public, his son, Sebastien Sauze, runs the family business producing his father’s designs by hand.