Prouvé It

10/17/2008

I am currently loving loving loving anything French Industrial. The perfect balance of form, functionality, and fashion was birthed, of course, by none other than Jean Prouvé.

Born in 1901, French Industrial furniture designer and architect, Jean Prouvé, is one of the most influential furniture designers of the early modern design movement. He introduced the machine age and industrial engineered modern design aesthetic to interiors in the steel, aluminum and architecture he created.

Prouvé was born into an artistic family in Nancy, France; his famous father, Victor Prouve, collaborated with the great Art Nouveau artists Emile Galle and Louis Majorelle as a ceramicist. Jean Prouvé himself was trained as a metal smith before attending engineering school in Nancy, and his intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career.<br
After opening his own workshop in 1923, Jean Prouvé began producing modern metal furniture of his own design as well as collaborating with some of the best-known French modern designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His shelving units for the dormitories at the Cite internationale universitaire de Paris, designed with Perriand and the artist Sonia Delaunay in 1952, are perhaps the best-known examples of his collaborative work.

In the mid 1950s, Jean Prouvé was forced to abandon modern design furniture production and began devoting his time to the challenges of prefabricated architecture. His own house, which he designed as a prototype, is now considered a major development in prefab housing. Some images of his amazing work below.

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