Jean Michel Wilmotte was born in 1948. He graduated from École Camondo, and later on in architecture. In 1975 he founded his first firm: Agence d’architecture Wilmotte & Associés, in 1976 he opened a design office: Wilmotte & Industries, and he then followed with other firms in Tokyo, Nîmes, Seoul and London. In 2005, he created the Wilmotte corporate foundation and the Venice prize. In 2005, he created the Wilmotte corporate foundation and the W prize.
In 1982, François Mitterrand, the President of the Republic, asked him to furnish part of the private apartments in the Palais de l’Elysée.
In April 2021, the Wilmotte & Associés agency covers five main areas: architecture, interior design, museography, urban planning and design; it has 250 employees of 27 different nationalities and works in 23 countries. Jean-Michel Wilmotte has “a particular affection for the layout of cultural and museum spaces, as well as for rehabilitation and conversion projects”, such as that of the former royal hospital of Versailles into housing, cultural spaces and shops (2015), Halle Freyssinet in Station F, the largest start-up campus in the world (2017), Collège des Bernardins (2008), Hôtel Lutetia (2018), or the Hotel de l’Artillerie on the Sciences Po campus in Paris.
The Saint Antoine armchair in black lacquered debarked rattan intended for indoor use is the result of a 2019 collaboration with the Wilmotte & Associés firm.