France (born in 1932)

Marc Held studied Kinesitherapy and dramatic arts. Held was a professor of physical education, in 1960, became founder-director of Archiform, the study center for industrial and interior design and architecture where designers, architects, and former students of the Ecole Boulle in Paris. In 1965, Marc Held established the magazine Echoppe. 1966-68, he was active as an interior architect with assignments including Hôtel Les Dromonts, Avoriaz. Marc Held designed three chairs for Knoll, including the widely published 1967 Culbuto chair (produced in 1970). In 1966 he designed numerous private apartment interiors, in 1969 Held designed plastic molded furniture for the houses of architect Georges Candilis, 1973 it’s the Limoges porcelain dinner service by Coquet and, in 1971, numerous pieces of plastic furniture (sold in Held’s own boutique L’Echoppe) produced by Créateurs et industrielles (distributed by Prisunic), including a tea-cart, writing desk, and bed, and 1974 Lip wrist watch collection. Marc Held became active as an independent architect for clients including IBS. Archiform designed the Grand Drawing Room of the Élysée Palace for François Mitterand, interior of the lintas advertising agency, and the interior of the oceanliner Mermoz.