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Prouve Standard Chair

by Jean Prouvé, from Vitra.

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prouve standard chair

Design Jean Prouvé, 1930
Powder-coated sheet steel, oak
Made in Germany by Vitra

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

Characterized by an aeronautic-looking pair of rear legs, this design was rooted in practicality, balance and durability. This chair is a modern classic and is featured in design museums throughout the world. Its quality is revealed in structural logic and unassuming aesthetics. Robust and functionally versatile, the Standard Chair works equally well in domestic settings or as public seating in cafés and restaurants.

Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), architect, engineer and designer, was endeavored for using highly-developed technologies for metal processing to achieve innovative constructions and forms in his design and architecture work. He played a decisive part in developing construction techniques using light-weight prefabricated parts in architecture, making use, among other things, of insights from the airplane and automotive industry. In his Ateliers Jean Prouvé, the company he founded in 1947, he started not only producing light-weight components but also his own design drafts.

Construction notes: Frame made of pressed sheet steel and tubular steel, glossy powder-coated (smooth). Seat and back in natural oak, dark oak or walnut black pigmented.

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deep black base - natural oak seat & back - hard glides

16.5" w | 19.25" d | 32.75" h | seat: 17.75"

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Jean Prouve

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.


prouve standard chair

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Simple, French Classic
Mark, more than a month ago.
The beauty of this chair is in its simplicity. The chair is extremely well made and sturdy. It will last a life time and will remain relevant with any style. The chair is very comfortable - slight curve of the high back, waterfall front, small dimple in the seat. NOTE: The chair is made in the USA, not Germany.
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