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Jean Prouvé: Architecture

Long before prefab gained renewed popularity a decade ago, mass production was considered avant-garde thinking. A new exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris titled Jean Prouvé: Architecture celebrates the mentality the French designer who embraced prefabrication in the mid-20th century, aimed to mass produce modular furnishings and components that were simple to ship and easy to erect.

Born in Paris in 1901, Prouvé was trained as a young man as a blacksmith, though his interests soon turned to artisan work with steel and aluminum and did early work electrically welding sheet metal.

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