James is the brainchild of Paul Viguier, a former fashion industry executive and Candice Fauchon, a fashion editor and brand consultant. Young collectors of mid-century modern pieces, the founders – a married couple – decided to become dealers after a trip to Brazil, during which they discovered the extreme wealth of Brazilian modernism, yet to be recognized internationally as one of the major design movements of the 20th century. In February 2012, James opened its first gallery space at the Puces de Saint-Ouen, the world’s largest antiques market, quickly gaining attention from interior designers and saavy collectors. Presenting for the first time in Europe pieces by Brazilian Modern masters such as Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupinand Oscar Niemeyer amongst others, James naturally became the leading European gallery for Brazilian Modern design. In May 2015, James is opening a new gallery space in the heart of Paris’ historic district Le Marais, footsteps from the newly reopened Picasso museum, a two-floor concrete box designed by architect Felix de Montesquiou (DAS Studio).