Design Date 1950
Designer Jean Prouvé (1901–1984, French)
Manufacturer Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Maxéville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Media plywood and metal
Dimensions 34 x 20 x 26 1/2 inches
Jean Prouvé was born in Nancy, France in 1901. He is known as one of the twentieth century’s most important designers. Mostly self taught, he opened his own workshop in 1923 and nine years later this became the Atelier Jean Prouvé. There he began to create his own furniture designs as well as collaborating with other designers like Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. Prouvé designed a variety of objects, anything that was suited to industrial production he tackled with ease, including a letter opener, prefabricated houses, window fittings, and other building elements.
This chair was originally designed for the Cité Universitaire at Antony near Paris. Uniquely combining the cold metal frame and the warm wooden seat in perfect harmony, it remains one of his most popular designs.
ON VIEW in Postmodern Gallery 8
Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Accession Number 2004.1950