The self-taught French cabinetmaker and decorator was born in 1889 and was first initiated to the copy of ancient furniture in his father's Parisian workshop. In his youth, he familiarized himself with ancient masterpieces through regular museum visits that had a decisive impact on his vocation.
For Printz, furniture was a luxury deserving the finest materials and the most skillful refinements. He used the rarest exotic woods, including palm wood, set off with gilded bronze, finished and inlaid with precious enamels. The use of palm wood required both master skill and a taste for challenge; it involved cutting into a trunk composed of thin wafers with tiny rebel fibers of fine reddish blond stripes. Printz would make the use of this wood his signature mark.
To precious woods, he combined simple forms and ingenious elements, therefore imagining transformable and pivoting creations. A high society favourite, he conceived Jeanne Lanvin's offices and the private apartments of the Princess de la Tour d'Auvergne at the Château de Gros-Bois and is still admired today by Art Deco amateurs, including Madonna who decorated her New York apartment with Printz inspired designs.