Marc Held was born in Paris in 1932. In 1960, after an eventful
training period, he set up his own industrial design bureau in Paris and
has since worked for an international clientele. His designs of everyday
objects received extensive media coverage from the start: furniture for
the Prisunic chain as well as for Knoll International, watches, cars and
other items. He showed in major exhibitions such as the Milan Triennale
and Eurodomus, and his works can be seen in several museums.
From 1974, his career as an independent architect really
took off, although he did not abandon product design. Basing his
practice on a rigorous methodology and total commitment, he refused to
produce more than he was able to supervise personally.
designed some remarkable works, chiefly private homes, initially modest
in size, but widely acclaimed by the international press. He went on to design a number of much larger buildings
that put into practice key principles of his architectural philosophy:
employing local resources both in terms of labour and materials, and
allowing for the geographical, climatic and cultural parameters of the
Obsessively concerned about the wider
environment as well as with detail, interested in technological
developments but passionately devoted to vernacular architecture and
crafts, Marc Held has gradually built up a body of work that far exceeds
the scope of passing fashion. The variety of his designs, ranging from a spoon to a
factory, their very personal character and technical perfection, place
him among the ranks of the great masters.
Over the last few years, Marc Held, has devoted himself to research
and writing. His first book, Letters à Gerry (Ed. de l' Equerre,
1986), marked the debut of this new creative period. Forthcoming publication: A study of the plan types and architectural
details of the traditional houses of Skopelos.
Marc Held's work Skopelos: The landscapes
and vernacular architecture of an Aegean Island was published in