Entrance of the Ministry of Health.
Archival images by Pierre Joly and Vera Cardot for l’œil Magazine, March 1972.

If there was a year to celebrate the Ministry of Health in France, it would no doubt be 2020. We are doing so through our historical design point-of-view and focusing on the Ministry of Health’s interiors as designed by André Monpoix between 1970 and 1972.

This incredible reconstruction and design project was commissioned by Mobilier National under the direction of Jean Coural.

Furniture from this commission was prototyped by the Atelier de Recherche et de Création (ARC); and later, seating was produced by Mangau and tables by TFM.

Lobby with reception desk and red telephone cabinets designed by André Monpoix and Alain Richard.

Another view of the lobby with the modular sectional sofas edited by Mangau and coffee tables by TFM.
INQUIRE André Monpoix Sectional Sofa, c.1973

Program T.R Low table, 1972; Formica, white lacquered cast aluminum.
INQUIRE André Monpoix ​Low Table, 1972

Waiting area with modular sectional sofas.

View of the office of Simone Veil (1927-2017) who was the head of the Ministry of Health from 1974 to 1979 and the only woman in Prime Ministers’ Jacques Chirac and Raymond Barre’s governments under the Presidency of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

Chair edited by Mangau in steel, chromed steel and black leather.
INQUIRE André Monpoix Chair, c. 1970

Another view of Simone Veil’s office.

Table from the same program with a Wengé wood top.
INQUIRE André Monpoix Table, 1972

Mobilier National booth at a furniture fair in Paris, 1972, presenting Pierre Paulin’s designs commissioned for the Palais de l’Élysée and André Monpoix’s designs for the Ministry of Health of the same year.

Portrait of André Monpoix

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