Pierre Deltombe's career has followed a singular course. From 1971 to 1976, he attended Roland Barthes' seminar on semiology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, then a course of general and applied linguistics at the Sorbonne. Interlocution, the interchange of communication between two persons or between a person and an object, became a recurrent theme of his work.
Pierre Deltombe next studied sculpture and ceramics at the École des Beaux-Arts of Aix-en-Provence till 1984. He then became interested in industrial materials and created children's toys in microcellular foam for the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1985. He also initiated himself in fashion design and created decors and still lives in volume for photographers and publicity agencies.
In 1987, Pierre Deltombe began creating furniture in one of a kind examples or in small series (lamps, mirrors, jewel boxes) and began to exhibit them at the Avant-Scéne Gallery in 1992.
In 1996, he set up a library for the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. In 1998, he created the reception areas for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva and the private sales rooms for Cartier. In 1999, he created new furniture for the Cartier boutiques throughout the world.
For the last few years, Pierre Deltombe has done scenography for photography exhibitions and drawn for private clients and for contemporary art spaces. A virtual world enthusiast, he has also created Internet sites.