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Jean Prouvé: Designer

Shop Jean Prouvé Furniture by Vitra at Stardust. Jean Prouvé was one of Frances most prolific architects & furniture designers during the middle of the 20th century. Equally admired for his work in furniture, metalwork and architecture, Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) is one of the most influential designers of the early modern design movement. His innovative chairs, desks, lamps and shelves have long been collector's items. Perhaps most famous for his industrial style 1950s furniture collection which encompasses iconic pieces such as the Cité lounge chair, EM Table and Guéridon Bas. Stardust is the leading source Vitra's fully authorized Jean Prouvé furniture designs and offers the largest collection of tables & chairs in stock and ready to ship.

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Jean Prouvé Biography

Jean Prouvé, France (1901-1984) was both engineer and product designer. Jean Prouvé's favorite quote "never design anything that cannot be made" is clearly visible in his spartan industrial looking furniture pieces that blend the structural clarity of 1950s design with timeless styling. Jean Prouvé was born into an artistic family in Nancy, France; his famous father, Victor Prouvé, collaborated with the great Art Nouveau artists Emile Galle and Louis Majorelle as a ceramicist. Jean Prouvé himself was trained as a metal smith before attending engineering school in Nancy, and his intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career. After opening his own workshop in 1923, Jean Prouvé began producing modern metal furniture of his own design as well as collaborating with some of the best-known French modern designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His shelving units for the dormitories at the Cite internationale universitaire de Paris, designed with Perriand and the artist Sonia Delaunay in 1952, are perhaps the best-known examples of his collaborative work.

Prouvé Designs

Jean Prouvé always regarded himself as more of an engineer and constructor instead of a modern designer. He never designed for the sake of form alone, concentrating instead on the essence of materials, connections and production. Jean Prouve strove for the most constructionally and materially efficient designs, with such classic end results as the modern design Standard chair of 1934 and the Antony chair of 1954. Utilizing his innovative method of folding sheet metal, Jean Prouve designed a series of tables that have the perceived lightness of bridges and the presence of architecture. In the mid 1950s, Jean Prouve was forced to abandon modern design furniture production and began devoting his time to the challenges of prefabricated architecture. His own house, which he designed as a prototype, is now considered a major development in prefab housing.

Products by Jean Prouvé

Stardust Modern Design is proud to offer the complete Jean Prouve collection by the Vitra Design Museum. Our selection includes the Coupe Papier (designed by Jean Prouve in 1938), the Potence Wall Lamp (designed by Jean Prouve in 1950), the Cite Lounge Chair (designed by Jean Prouve in 1930), the Gueridon Table(designed by Jean Prouve in 1949), the Bahut Cabinet (designed by Jean Prouve in 1951), the Standard Chair (designed by Jean Prouve in 1934), the Antony Chair (designed by Jean Prouve in 1954), the Rayonnage Mural Wall Shelving (designed by Jean Prouve in 1936), the EM Table (designed by Jean Prouve in 1938), the Compas Table (designed by Jean Prouve in 1950), the Tabouret Haut Stool (designed by Jean Prouve in 1938)(designed by Jean Prouve in 1942), the Trapeze Table (designed by Jean Prouve in 1950).

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