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jean prouvé standard sp chair

by Jean Prouvé, from Vitra.

jean prouvé standard sp chair

Design Jean Prouvé, 1934/1950
Powder-coated sheet & tubular steel frame, ASA plastic (fine textured) seat/back
Made in Germany by Vitra

Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the load of their user's upper body. The engineer, architect and designer Jean Prouvé illustrates this simple insight in his design for the Standard Chair: while tubular steel suffices for the front legs that bear relatively little weight, the back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections and transfer the stress to the floor.

Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) brings the iconic chair up-to-date without changing anything about its form: A seat and backrest of robust plastic in a carefully chosen color palette gives Standard SP a contemporary look. To match the plastic surface, the bases feature a resistant, matt powder coating.

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.

Standard SP chairs feature a powder-coated pressed sheet steel and tubular steel frame with ASA plastic (fine textured) seat and backrest in a variety of colors.

16.5" w | 20" d | 32" h | seat: 17.75" h | 17.25" d | 15.25" w

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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 spaces through the power of design. Product longevity is central to the company goal of sustainable development. Short lived styling is avoided in favor of classical pieces of furniture that can be used for decades, have several owners and end up as part of a collection.


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