From September 21, 2013
to October 12, 2013

Marc Held - From photography to design / From design to architecture
A look back at nearly 60 years of creativity

The gallery had left its field of predilection by proposing this exhibition dedicated to Marc Held, From photography to design / From design to architecture. No paintings on the walls of the gallery but photographs from the artist's youth, which lend a very personal atmosphere to the pieces of furniture, found or reedited for the occasion, to the various objects and architectural projects presented.
Marc Held had himself organized the scenography of the exhibition and orchestrated an exceptional opening night around the unveiling of his prototype armchair, the Primoculbuto. Inspired, inspiring, Marc Held dusted off the horizon of the gallery as we had secretly dreamed for a long time.
Marc Held's comeback, after years of absence, was particularly praised by the French specialized press.

Marc Held. A name that lovers of design from the sixties know. Marc Held is less known as an architect and photographer.
This exhibition focused on the complete work of this protean and unclassifiable creator, a man characterized by the fulgurating nature of his inspirations. 
His iconic products were presented, some of which have been reissued: the Primo Culbuto armchair, the porcelain tea chest for Maison J.L Coquet, the IBM sofa...
Other objects and furniture from this period were also on display as well as architectural projects and unpublished photographs taken by Marc Held between 1950 and 1960.

Marc Held produced a number of objects in the most diverse fields throughout his career. From utilitarian objects to fashion and furniture. This exhibition was an opportunity to go through his creations and to understand the philosophy of the designer. A deep desire to democratize furniture has always characterized each of his achievements. Marc Held belongs to the family of "committed" designers. Each time he pays the same attention to detail so that his forms, not devoid of a certain humor, find answers adapted to modern uses. 


marc held

de la photographie au design - du design à l'architecture

Textes : Giulia Pentcheff Photographies : Olivier Amsellem

Publication year 2013
Number of pages 40
Format 21 x 15 cm
ISBN 9782954035833