Mobilier National has been supporting arts and crafts and creativity ever since the 17th century. The institution is attached to the Ministry of Culture and maintains, creates and distributes a unique worldwide collection of over 130,000 pieces of furniture and textiles.
The Le Mobilier National was founded in 1663 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV’s minister. It was the only State furniture depository until the French minister of culture Andre Malraux commissioned Jean Coral to create the Atelier de Creation in 1965 to promote contemporary French furniture and funding prototypes to encourage ultimate production. Its collection represents a complete history of French furniture from which ministers, public administrators and embassy officials may choose pieces to furnish their offices, salons and waiting rooms.
The Mobilier National’s mission is to ensure the conservation and restoration of its unique collections worldwide, perpetuating and transmitting exceptional know-how. A high place of heritage, the institution is also a major player in contemporary creation and promoting French decorative arts.
National Furniture and Manufactures. (n.d.). National Furniture and Manufactures. Retrieved May 13, 2023, from https://www.culture.gouv.fr/en/Thematic/Plastic-arts/Plastic-Arts-in-France/National-Furniture-and-Manufactures