Born in 1956 and trained at the Boulle and Estienne schools of fine and applied arts in Paris, Martin Szekely initially came to public attention in 1982 with his first collection of furniture, Pi.
He was awarded an industry-sponsored development grant by VIA (Valorisation de l’innovation dans l’ameublement) and spent the following three years developing the collection, which included, most notably, his emblematic Pi chaise longue.
Over the years, Martin Szekely’s designs have fallen into two categories. On the one hand are the limited-edition pieces of furniture and objects, regularly exhibited. On the other are the designs and products, arising from industrial partnerships and public commissions.
His solo exhibitions include Collection Pi (1985) , Containers (1987), Pour faire salon (1989), Initiales (1991) et Satragno (1994) at the Galerie Neotù (Paris) ; Martin Szekely designer (1998) at MAC’s / Site du Grand-Hornu; des plats (2000), six constructions (2002), des étagères (2005), concrete (2008), heroic shelves and simple boxes (2009) et Units (2011) at the Galerie kreo (Paris) ; Martin Szekely–Ne plus dessiner (2011) at Centre Pompidou (Paris) ;  ), Artefact (2014), MAP (2014) et Manière Noire (2015) at Blondeau & Cie (Geneva) ;  Artefact (2015) at Salon 94 (New York).
His work belongs to the following collections: Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris; Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, Bordeaux ; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; MAC’s / Site du Grand Hornu, Le Grand Hornu; Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Museu do Design, Lisbonne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Winterthur Museum, Winterthur (USA); Israel Museum, Jerusalem ; Victoria & Albert Museum, London ; Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal.
In 2010, JRP|Ringier (Zurich) published Martin Szekely, an extensive book dedicated to his production from 1998 to 2010, with an essay by Elisabeth Lebovici.


Biography
Born 1956 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris.

Education
1976 Ecole Boulle, Paris, France 1972 Ecole Estienne, Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Moon Wood, Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Blondeau & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland: Manière Noire
2015 Salon 94, New York, USA: Artefact?
2014 Blondeau & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland : Artefact and MAP?
2011 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France: Ne plus dessiner (cat.)
2011 Galerie Kreo, Paris, France: Units
2009 Galerie Kreo, Paris, France: heroic shelves and simple boxes
2008 Galerie Kreo, Paris, France : Concrete (cat.)?
2005 Galerie Kreo, Paris, France: des étagères (cat.)?
2002 Galerie Kreo, Paris, France: six constructions (cat.)
2000 Galerie Kreo, Paris, France: un banquet (cat.)?
1999 Galerie Purple, Paris, France: l’Armoire (cat.)?
1998 MAC’s Site du Grand-Hornu, le Grand-Hornu, Belgium: Martin Szekely designer (cat.)
1998 Centre Européen d’Art Contemporain de Vallauris, France: Martin Szekely à Vallauris (cat.)
1996 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France: Martin Szekely (cat.)
1995 Association Française d’Action Artistique (AFAA), travelling exhibition: Martin Szekely (cat.)
1994 Galerie Neotù, Paris, France: Collection « Satragno »?
1991 Galerie Neotù, Paris, France: Collection « Initiales »
1989 Galerie Neotù, Paris, France: Collection « Pour faire salon »?
1987 Galerie Neotù, Paris, France: Collection « Containers »?
1986 Château de Vassivière, Peyrat le Château, France: Martin Szekely (cat.)?
1985 Galerie Neotù, Paris, France: Collection « Pi »

Selected Public Collections
MAC’s/Site du Grand-Hornu, Le Grand-Hornu, Belgium?
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (MBAM), Montréal, Canada
Victoria & Albert Museum, Londres, England
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris, France
Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, Bordeaux, France
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Musée d’art moderne Grand Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg
Musée du Design, Lisbon, Portugal?Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA?San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, California, USA
Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware, USA

Selected Industrial projects
Martial Raysse exhibition Showcases, Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venise (2015)
Perfume bottle for ALAIA, BPI (2015)
Lounging ritual service set for Dom Pérignon (2015)
Cœur de Figuier perfume bottle for Roger & Gallet, L’Oréal (2015)
?Racks and showcases for ALAIA, AATC (2013)
Pompidou pen for S.T. Dupont (2011)
Radius champagne cooler, ice bucket, and ice tongs for Christople (2010)
Shoe-fitting stool for JM Weston (2010)
Foot-measuring device for JM Weston (2010)
Specchio and Grande Specchio digital picture frames for Parrot (2008-2009)
Perfume bottles for Roger & Gallet, L’Oréal (2015)
Loveseat for Mk2 Cinema (2003)
Pilotime multimedia terminal for Groupe Canal +/Canal Satellite (2003)
Perfo tray for Manade/Clen (2003)
Ténéré line of cutlery for Christofle (2003)
Glass for Heineken (2002)?Safety lighting power supply for Legrand (2001)
Concept cooler for Dom Pérignon (2000)
Z Tile for Terreal (1999)
Symbole pendant for Hermès (1999)
Eau de Saint Louis perfume bottle for Cristallerie de Saint Louis (1999)
Reflex hammer for the European Neurological Society (1998)
Glass for Perrier (1996)
Reine de Saba necklace for Hermès (1996)
Structura, Creo, Tenara light switches for Legrand (1995)
Corolle electric pylon for Transel/EDF (1994)
Podium for the Albertville Winter Olympics (1992)
Briefcase Caractère for Delvaux (1992)
Advertising street furniture for JC Decaux (1992)