Mainly self-taught, Raphaël started as a designer for Maison Jansen in 1934 and was quickly acknowledged for his style as his designs blended together furniture, décor and lighting in a new way. This was the secret to a long career doing interiors for embassies, banks, and hotels such as the Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo. He also designed the palace for the Tunisian president.
Furniture by Raphaël typically uses sharp lines but not without stringent flexibility and originality. He preferred refined materials, with a predisposition towards Béka Lacquer, and sometimes less luxurious materials such as natural wood, stained ash armchairs for the liner Bretagne, a hotel bedroom in ash and Formica and various furniture out of sycamore, oak, elm, mahogany.