Thursday, October 15, 2009


French designer Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) was trained as a metal smith before attending engineering school in the north eastern city Nancy. Prouvé’s intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career. After opening his own workshop in 1923, Prouvé began producing modern metal furniture of his own design as well as collaborating with some of the best-known French designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His metal furniture is one of the most sought after mid century furnishings. His shelving units for the dormitories at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, designed with Perriand and the artist Sonia Delaunay in 1952, are perhaps the best-known examples of his collaborative work. Certain of Prouvé’s designs are still produced today by Vitra and vintage pieces can be sourced from time to time on 1stdibs.

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images: (click on images to enlarge)
Anthony day bed, vintage (top)
Mexique/Bibliotheque bookcase in collaboration with Perriand & Delaunay, vintage (2nd)
Compass table/desk (3rd)
Potence lamp / Standard chair / Trapéze table (4th)
Cité chair (bottom)

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