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Prouve Table Flavigny

by Jean Prouvé, from vitra.

prouve table flavigny

prouve table flavigny

Design Jean Prouvé, 1945
Solid wood or HPL, powder-coated metal, polished aluminum
Made in Germany by Vitra

"Prouvé combines the soul of an engineer with that of an architect" -Le Corbusier

During the years of the Second World War, the Ateliers Jean Prouvé planned and executed a number of interior design projects for the Solvay chemical company. Table Flavigny, originally conceived as a meeting table, is one of these designs. The first units ended up being used in the Flavigny Sanatorium, which gave the table its name.

The aesthetic charm of Table Flavigny, which is now being reintroduced by Vitra as an elegant dining table, lies in the contrast between the domestic character of the solid wood top and the strictly functional design of the base. Typical of Prouvé's work, the base features four tapered legs positioned at a 45º angle on the outermost corners of the table top. This adds stability to the steel frame construction while also providing users with maximum legroom.

Table Flavigny is available in the standard dimensions of 94.5" x 35.5" with solid wood table tops in natural oak, smoked oak or American walnut with an oiled finish. The base has a smooth powder-coated finish in deep black, with leg tips made of robust, polished aluminum to protect against dirt and scuffing. The glides can be adjusted within a range of 10mm to accommodate uneven floors.

94.5" L | 35.5" w | 29.25" h

$8,055.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery)

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Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) was a self-taught architect and designer who first apprenticed as a blacksmith and metalsmith. He grew up in Nancy, France surrounded by the ideals and energy of "l'École de Nancy," the art collective to which his father, Victor Prouvé, belonged. Its goals were to make art readily accessible, to forge links between art and industry, as well as between art and social consciousness. It would have a powerful influence on him. His designs reveal knowledge of the materials at hand, a commitment to collaboration between artists and craftsmen, and an attention to evolving technical developments. In 1947 he built the Maxéville factory where he produced furniture and undertook extensive architectural research on the uses of aluminum. Though he used sheet metal extensively, he rejected the use of steel tubing which was popular with the concurrent Bauhaus movement.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Following in the tradition of Charles & Ray Eames, who have influenced Vitra's approach to sustainability in many ways, product longevity is central to the company's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection.

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