presents a portrait by Nora Jaccaud
Le design de la légèreté.

"Lightness is for me a form of elegance and it is one of my most important design choices that goes far beyond searching for weightlessness. Lightness to me is freedom, mobility, modernity, ecology, economy and technology.

Empty spaces are as important as full ones. When I draw something I look at it backwards and forwards to see if the voids are beautiful, if it's harmonious and if it fits. It's a way of controlling, of correcting but I do it instinctively. It comes, it's harmony and that's it.  

I would say that design is to industry what retoric is to eloquence. "
- Marc Berthier




Marc Berthier’s career spans over 55 years in the international design industry. He played a central role in transforming France’s design culture and has guided generations of designers through his teaching at ENSCI-Les Ateliers (1985-2000) and life long dedication to mentorship. Marc Berthier’s full career includes collaborations with international companies such as Magis, Roche Bobois, Hermès, DF2000, Knoll, Lexon, Thonet, Hermes, Rowenta, TOTO, Ligne Roset and Cinna.

Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Marc Berthier received France's Grand Prix National de la Ministre de la Culture in 1986. His designs can be found in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Centre George Pompidou, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design museum, and the ADAM Plasticarium in Brussels.

Marc Berthier founded and directed Archi Plan Studio and Design Plan Studio from 1980 to 1990, followed by eliumstudio from 2000 to 2020. Marc continues to work from his Paris studio accompanied by his design associate Mikaela Kvan.  

Marc Berthier photographed by Mathieu Eymeoud (2021)

Design Awards + Honors

2000    USA | New York Design Award
1998    GERMANY | Form Design Awards
1997    GERMANY | Form Design Awards
1995    GERMANY | Form Design Awards
1991    GERMANY | Design Plus
1986    FRANCE | Grand Prix National de la Création Industrielle
                            Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
1970    FRANCE | Prix René Gabriel

Selected Publications

2015    De la légèreté : Vers une civilisation du léger, Gilles Lipovetsky, Editions Grasset et Fasquelle
2012    Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000, Juliet Kinchin + Aidan O’Connor, MOMA
2011    Roche Bobois : 50 ans de design, Philippe Trétiack, Editions du Chêne
2010    Que sont mes amis devenus, Gilles de Bure, NORMA/EnsAD
2010    Mobi Boom: l’exposition du desing en France 1945-1975, Dominique Forest, Les Arts Décoratifs
2010    Tools for Living: A Sourcebook of Iconic Designs for the Home by Charlotte + Peter Fiell, Feill Publishing
2008    Prisunic et le design, Anne Bony, Alternatives
2007    Design Now!, Charlotte + Peter Fiell, Taschen
2006    Antiques of the Future, Lisa S. Roberts, Stewart, Tabori + Chang
2005   1000 Lights: 1960 to present, Charlotte + Peter Fiell, Taschen
2004    Meubles et décors des années 60, Anne Bony, Editions du Regard
2003    Objets of Design, Paola Antonelli, The Museum of Modern Art
1990   Les Assises du Sciécle, François Baudot, Editions Du May

Selected Exhibitions

2021    SHANGHAI | Sino-French Design Week, A French Vision for Design: From the 1920s to Today
2021    PARIS | Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Le design pour tous : de Prisunic à Monoprix, une aventure française
2020    LILLE | Le Tripostale, Designer(s) du Design

2019    BRUXELLES | Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Bureaux Fantômes
2015    NEW YORK | Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Making Music Modern – Design for Ear and Eye
2013    SAINT-ETIENNE | Biennale Internationale de Design, Traits d'union - Objets d'empathie
2012    NEW YORK | Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Century of the Child: Gowing by design 1900-2000
2010    PARIS | Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Mobi Boom : l’exposition du design en France, 1945-1975

2008    PARIS | Galerie Haute Définition, Design et Héritage
2008    PARIS | Galerie du VIA (Valorisation des Industries de l'ameublement), Prisunic et le design
2004    BEIJING | l’Année de la France en Chine, Design d'en France
2004    NEW YORK | Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Architecture and Design: Inaugural Installation

1991    MILAN | Triennal Compasso d’Oro
1991    PARIS | VIA, Personal Retrospective
1990    PARIS | Musée de la Poste
1990    PARIS | Grand Palais

1989    PARIS | C.C.I.Centre Georges Pompidou, Trois Décennies de Design
1989    TOKYO | Seibu
1987    PARIS | Grand Palais
1986    ROME | Villa Médicis
1985    PARIS | Musée National des Monuments Français,Art et Industrie
1985    PARIS | C.C.I. Centre georges Pompidou
1985    PARIS |Musée des Arts Décoratifs
1984    AMSTERDAM | Stedevjk Museum
1982    CHICAGO | Museum of Contemporary Art

1978    PARIS | C.C.I. Centre georges Pompidou1970    PARIS | Musée des Arts Décoratifs
1977    PARIS | C.C.I.Centre Georges Pompidou, Inaugurale exhibition
1976    ASPEN | International Design Council
1974    LONDON | Design Centre
1973    COLOGNE | Modern Art Museum
1972    TURIN | Eurodomus
1971     PARIS | Musée des Arts Décoratifs  
1970    MILAN | Eurodomus

1968    PARIS | Musée des Arts Décoratifs
1968    MILAN | Triennale