Jean Prouvé is one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers, manufacturers, and educators. Playing a pivotal role in the development of mass production techniques in post-war modernist Europe, his wide-ranging portfolio spans from prefabricated housing solutions to furniture for the office, classroom and home.
After studying at l'École de Nancy, Prouvé began his career blacksmithing in Enghien before returning to Paris. It is this intimate knowledge of metal that carries through each of his designs. Founding Atelier Jean Prouvé in 1931, his early work experimented with folding and arc-welding steel and aluminium to create lightweight metal-based furniture. Through his studio, he established himself as a world-renowned designer.
Prouvé's timeless designs remain incredibly popular today and continue to be manufactured by Vitra in close collaboration with his estate. Following his death in 1984, his work has been the focus of major exhibitions at the Vitra Design Museum and London's Design Museum. Furthermore, his designs sit in permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and New York’s MoMA.
Chaise Tout Bois
The Chaise Tout Bois is expertly informed by Jean Prouvé's original award-winning Standard Chair available in an entirely wooden finish that flaunts optimal weight distribution and masterful balance.
The design dates back to the 1940s articulating Prouvé's insight that seating designs take the most strain on the back legs. Solving this weight distribution issue the French engineer created a lightweight front to support stronger more voluminous back legs transferring the sitter's weight into the floor.
Products by Jean Prouvé