Pierre Etienne Lahaussois was born in Paris, France. He was raised in France and Spain.
Pierre came to the U.S. in 1970. After graduating from the French Lycee in New York, he started to work on his own jewelry collections. Louis Feron, the Master Goldsmith who was making Jean Schlumberger jewelry for Tiffany & Co., recognized his talents and took him on as his apprentice.
After the apprenticeship, Pierre went out on his own to make his jewelry, abstract paintings and surrealistic sculpture. His work was shown at the French Embassy in 1974 along with works of Chirico, Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp for the 50th Anniversary of the Manifeste Surrealiste.
In 1975 he was hired by Tiffany & Co. as a designer. He then moved on to be Jeweler, Foreman of the Jewelry Shop, Associate Design Director and finally Divisional Vice President of Jewelry Manufacturing.
In 1988 Pierre left Tiffany & Co. to create his own consulting firm, which patented some of his inventions, designed and manufactured objects for the Museum of Modern Art.
During this time, Paloma Picasso, the world renowned jewelry designer, whom he met in 1980 when she began designing for Tiffany & Co., contacted him. In 1989 he began working closely with Paloma, assisting her in creating the beautiful jewelry she is known for. This collaboration lasted 18 wonderful years.
In 2007 Pierre decided that he wanted to return to his lifetime dream of creating his own art: abstract painting, photography and sculpture.
Since then, Pierre has been showing his work locally and has won many awards in juried shows throughout the area. Many of his pieces are now in private collections.