Born in 1945 in Reims, Arnaud Laval has devoted his passion for theater to Shakespeare – Hamlet, Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet – from his earliest years, and inspired his works: drawings, engravings And especially his “theater boxes”, set in boxes, staged in a dream world and tiny engraved paper, painted and carved. After the Applied Art of Prague, the stage learning and the production of “Magician of Oz” staged by Michaël Meschke, then “What happened to Hans and Gretel? “Directed by Luisa Meschke at the Marionetteatern in Stockholm 1965 – 1968, Arnaud Laval returns to Paris, studies the animated film at the ORTF and produces a series for children.

At the same time, he studied engraving in the studio of Friedlaender in Paris. He directed scenography, set designs and costumes for Elisabeth Janvier at the Theater of Aubervilliers “Nils Holgerssons”, then for Jean-Louis Temporal, set designs and costumes for “L’enfant et les sortilèges”, Colette’s work and musical composition By Maurice Ravel at the roman theater Rollland de Villejuif 1972-1974. He resumed the engraving and illustration of children’s books, Flammarion, Grasset, Presse de la Cité, Artemis Verlag Zurich, Emme Edizioni Milan, Lemiscaat Netherlands, as welle as animated films.

On the occasion of the realization of a large adveritsing decor for the launch of a perfume Guerlain, he entered the artistic direction of this house as designer (1979).

In 1988, he was appointed by Yves Saint-Laurent parfums to be responsible for the international decoration. The numerous trips and the necessary reactivity sharpen its creativity for the events, the press launches and the decortion of windows. In 1992, he was asked to join the Maison Lanvin as director of interior architecture.


In 1994, he set up his company as an independant international consulting creator for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yannamoto, Chantal Tomas, Armani, Lancôme, Lanvin, Guerlains, L’Oréal, Serge Lutens…

In 2001, a furniture line was created as “Arnaud Mavam Design”. Since 2055, he has returned to the sources of his initial training: scenography, engraving, drawings, light sculptures and the creation of his “Theater Boxes” which make up the exhibition at the Minsky Gallerye from April 4 to May 6, 2017.

  • Gallery Minsky, from April 4, to May 6, 2017
  • Bêti-bêta et bête comme chou, acrostiches de Jean-Marie Despinette, sur des images d’Arnaud Laval, Grasset, 1974
  • Mystère en grande Potagie, Jacqueline Held et Arnaud LavalCollection “Lecteurs en herbe” – Grasset Jeunesse, 2004

Theater Box