He was born in Coté d'Ivoire. For some, he is a cabinetmaker since he works with wood, others say he is a sculptor. Jean Servais Somian combines all this and more, he is a designer. He is a craftsman of form and beauty. In art history, we say that he is a contemporary artist. Since the early 2000s, when they reached the million euro mark in sales, designers have gone from being craftsmen to the more prestigious status of artist. Somian and the others have received this recognition from several authoritative voices. Among these is the New York architect Lee F. Mindel: "Interiors are no longer decorated, they are organised", as in an installation, as in a composite sculpture, as in a pictorial composition. With these words, which date from 2005 at the Art Basel Miami fair, we must understand that the design object is no longer just useful, it is no longer just a decorative object as it was considered for a long time. Design now means something, it can be interpreted, it can be given meaning, it is symbolic, it is art.