Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Jean Prouvé: Architecture

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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...
In 1930, Prouvé founded Atelier Jean Prouvé and turned his attention to furniture design, working with forward-thinking...
Demand for Prouvé's furniture was on the serious up and up in the 1930s.
During and after World War II, when mass production and prefabrication were seen as a solution to the high demand for...
In the 1950s, Prouvé lost his shop outside of Nancy but began collaborating with Charlotte Perriand on furniture for...
Though Prouvé's career was pinpointed with work as an industrialist, architectural consultant, teacher, and even as a...
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