The self-taught French cabinetmaker and decorator began by copying old furniture in his father's Parisian workshop. He would also familiarise himself with ancient masterpieces through regular museum visits.
For Printz, furniture was a luxury deserving the finest materials and the most skillful refinements. He used the rarest exotic woods, including palm wood, which he would set off with gilded bronze, finished and inlaid with precious enamels. Printz would make the use of this wood his signature.
A high society favourite, he conceived Jeanne Lanvin's offices and the private apartments of the Princess de la Tour d'Auvergne at the Château de Gros-Bois and is still admired today by Art Deco amateurs, including Madonna who decorated her New York apartment with Printz inspired designs.