Jean Prouvé - Design London Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Anthony Delorenzo, ed., Jean Prouvé/ Serge Mouille, New York, 1985, p. 65; Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Compléte, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 264, fig. 1242.1 for a technical drawing and pp. 266-267 for similar examples; Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, p. 351 for a technical drawing and a similar example and p. 352

  • Artist Biography

    Jean Prouvé

    French • 1901 - 1984

    Jean Prouvé believed in design as a vehicle for improvement. His manufactory Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, located in Nancy, France, produced furniture for schools, factories and municipal projects, both within France and in locations as far flung as the Congo. Though he designed for the masses, pieces such as his "Potence" lamps and "Standard" chairs are among the most iconic fixtures in sophisticated, high-design interiors today. Collectors connect with his utilitarian, austere designs that strip materials down to the bare minimum without compromising on proportion or style.

    Prouvé grew up in Nancy, France, the son of Victor Prouvé, an artist and co-founder of the École de Nancy, and Marie Duhamel, a pianist. He apprenticed to master blacksmiths in Paris and opened a small wrought iron forge in Nancy. However it was sheet steel that ultimately captured Prouvé's imagination, and he ingeniously adapted it to furniture, lighting and even pre-fabricated houses, often collaborating with other design luminaries of the period, such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.

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‘Compass’ desk

c. 1958
Painted bent steel, plastic laminate-covered wood.
72.1 x 120 x 65.1 cm (28 3/8 x 47 1/4 x 25 5/8)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France and editioned by Steph Simon, France.

£3,500 - 5,000 


24 Apr 2008, 2pm