Paul was born in the Netherlands and graduated from The Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1995 (At the time the academy was known as AIVE). He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial design.
In 1996 Paul was invited for a design project in Indonesia for a company producing and selling solar home systems. Upon finishing the project Paul decided to stay in Indonesia. He has worked as product development manager for a number of companies between 1995 and 2003. In 1998 he founded PT Indigo. Initially Indigo designed, developed and managed the production of innovative products for the export market. Later, in 2004 the company started to specialise in signage design.