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Prouvé Em Table

by Jean Prouvé, from Vitra.

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prouvé em table

Design Jean Prouvé, 1950
Solid wood or HPL, bent sheet & tubular steel
Made in Germany by Vitra

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

Even the details of this table are determined by its construction. With every detail governed by its construction, the table follows the aesthetics of necessity. The elegance of "EM" can be attributed to the slight slant of the legs illustrating the force vectors and static connections in a way that is otherwise only familiar in the context of civil engineering works. Prouvé developed it for the "Maison Tropique", a project for prefabricated housing, at the beginning of the fifties as a variation of an earlier design. The "EM" table is especially suitable within the domestic context as a dining or work table.

Em table is offered in 5 size options and features either an HPL (high pressure laminate) top & edge or 3 oiled solid wood options (natural oak, smoked oak or American walnut). The base is powder-coated bent sheet steel and tubular steel. Please note that tables with HPL tops have a textured powder-coated base while tables with wood tops have a smooth powder-coated base.

70.75" L | 35.5" w | 29.25" h
78.75" L | 35.5" w | 29.25" h
86.5" L | 35.5" w | 29.25" h
94.25" L | 35.5" w | 29.25" h
102.25" L | 35.5" w | 29.25" h

$4,470.00 + free shipping
(Please allow 15-16 weeks for delivery)
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.


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Pete, more than a month ago.
Bought 8 years ago and have never regretted my decision. A classic. Hive and Vitra both proved themselves to be class acts. I initially received a table that seemed odd. I checked with Hive, which liaised with Vitra, which immediately replaced the table top. The finish was faulty.
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