Jean Prouvé's Design Legacy

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May 9, 2013
Originally published in The Furniture Issue
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Prouvé Passion
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  After World War II, the Ateliers Jean Prouvé reinvigorated their research into “demountables,” a new type of assembly-required chair akin to what we might call “flat pack” today.  Courtesy of Collection Laurence et Patrick Seguin .

    After World War II, the Ateliers Jean Prouvé reinvigorated their research into “demountables,” a new type of assembly-required chair akin to what we might call “flat pack” today.

    Courtesy of Collection Laurence et Patrick Seguin .
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  The Demountable chair CB22 resembles Prouvé’s Standard chair from 1930 quite closely. Gallerist and collector Patrick Seguin relates this era of industrial design to Prouvé’s similar efforts in prefab architecture: “Like his houses, kit-manufactured and ready to be inhabited, this piece [CB22] seemed utopian back then. Today it looks like an ideological, social, and political future.”  Courtesy of Collection Laurence et Patrick Seguin .

    The Demountable chair CB22 resembles Prouvé’s Standard chair from 1930 quite closely. Gallerist and collector Patrick Seguin relates this era of industrial design to Prouvé’s similar efforts in prefab architecture: “Like his houses, kit-manufactured and ready to be inhabited, this piece [CB22] seemed utopian back then. Today it looks like an ideological, social, and political future.”

    Courtesy of Collection Laurence et Patrick Seguin .
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  “There is no difference between building furniture and building a house.” —Designer Jean Prouvé  Courtesy of Collection Laurence et Patrick Seguin .

    “There is no difference between building furniture and building a house.” —Designer Jean Prouvé

    Courtesy of Collection Laurence et Patrick Seguin .
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