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),