Compass Desk (1953)

The splayed leg design of this desk, made with powder-coated sheet steel, recalls the arrow of (you guessed it) a compass. Another one of his public sector design projects, these desks were originally constructed for the Cite International University in Paris. While his work for schools and other institutions had a social goal in mind, it also meant that the designer could realize economies of scale with larger orders. 

Image courtesy Galerie Patrick Seguin  Photo 4 of 10 in Design Icon: Jean Prouvé