Jean Prouvé Furniture

Jean Prouvé (France, 1901-1984)

Engineer and metalsmith, self-taught designer and architect, manufacturer and teacher, Jean Prouvé was a key force in the evolution of 20th-century French design, introducing a style that combined economy of means and stylistic chic. Along with his frequent client and collaborator Le Corbusier and others, Prouvé, using his practical skills and his understanding of industrial materials, steered French modernism onto a path that fostered principled, democratic approaches to architecture and design.

     Prouvé was born in Nancy, a city with a deep association with the decorative arts. (It is home, for example, to the famed Daum crystal manufactory.) His father, Victor Prouvé, was a ceramist and a friend and co-worker of such stars of the Art Nouveau era as glass artist Émile Gallé and furniture maker Louis Majorelle. Jean Prouvé apprenticed to a blacksmith, studied engineering, and produced ironwork for such greats of French modernism as the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens. In 1931, he opened the firm Atelier Prouvé. There, he perfected techniques in folded metal that resulted in his “Standard” chair (1934) and other designs aimed at institutions such as schools and hospitals.

     During World War II, Prouvé was a member of the French Resistance, and his first post-war efforts were devoted to designing metal pre-fab housing for those left homeless by the conflict. In the 1950s, Prouvé would unite with Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret (Le Corbusier’s cousin) on numerous design projects. In 1952, he and Perriand and artist Sonia Delaunay created pieces for the Cité Internationale Universitaire foundation in Paris, which included the colorful, segmented bookshelves that are likely Prouvé’s and Perriand’s best-known designs. The pair also collaborated on 1954’s “Antony” line of furniture, which again, like the works on these pages, demonstrated a facility for combining material strength with lightness of form.

     Prouvé spent his latter decades mostly as a teacher. His work has recently won new appreciation: in 2008 the hotelier Andre Balazs purchased at auction (hammer price: just under $5 million) the Maison Tropicale, a 1951 architectural prototype house that could be shipped flat-packed, and was meant for use by Air France employees in the Congo. Other current Prouvé collectors include Brad Pitt, Larry Gagosian, Martha Stewart, and the fashion designer Marc Jacobs. The rediscovery of Jean Prouvé — given not only the aesthetic and practical power of his designs, but also the social conscience his work represents — marks one of the signal “good” aspects of collecting vintage 20th century design. An appreciation of Jean Prouvé is an appreciation of human decency.

Jean Prouve Room-Divider Louvers 1952
Jean Prouve Room-Divider Louvers 1952
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Architectural Elements
Steel
Jean PROUVE Room divider with 4-paneled louvers, 1952. Provenance : - Six from big Unité d'habitation Air France apartments at Brazzaville, Congo. Nine copies found in relative...
Midcentury Jean Prouvé Stools
Midcentury Jean Prouvé Stools
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel
Atelier Jean Prouvé designed for the Lycée Fabert, Metz. France, 1930s. Lacquered metal base and turned plywood seat. All have markings on the underside. These wonderful stools also ...
Architectural Wall Panel by Jean Prouvé
Architectural Wall Panel by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Modern Architectural Elements
Metal
Prefabricated, exterior wall panel from an architectural project by Jean Prouvé. Possibly from one of the 15 "Metropole" aluminium houses, 1949. Manufactured by Ateliers Jean Prouve...
Jean Prouvé & Jules Leleu, Pair of Armchairs, circa 1936
Jean Prouvé & Jules Leleu, Pair of Armchairs, c...
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel
Excellent pair of armchairs by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu from Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy, France, circa 1936.
Jean Prouvé, Aluminum "Cafeteria" Table, circa 1953
Jean Prouvé, Aluminum "Cafeteria" Table, circa ...
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
No. 511 "Cafeteria" table by Jean Prouvé from the Restaurant de l'enterprise Pechiney, Paris, circa 1953 Aluminum, wood and melamine. Measures: H 74, W 85, D 85 cm.  
Architectural "Flat" Roof Panel by Jean Prouvé
Architectural "Flat" Roof Panel by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Modern Architectural Elements
Metal
Prefabricated, "flat" roof panel from an architectural project by Jean Prouvé, which lock together at the edges. Manufactured by Ateliers Jean Prouvé.
Jean Prouvé, Bed No.17, circa 1935
Jean Prouvé, Bed No.17, circa 1935
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Steel
A great early Jean Prouvé bed, circa1935 from the Lycée Fabert, Metz. Original paint. Cushion is a newer replacement.
Jean Prouvé, Armoire or Cabinet, circa 1947
Jean Prouvé, Armoire or Cabinet, circa 1947
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Cabinet model AG11 variant with lock by Jean Prouve and executed by Ateliers Jean Prouvé, circa 1947. Black lacquered steel, solid oak and oak plywood.
Jean Prouvé Pair of Model 450 S.C.A.L. Daybed Frames
Jean Prouvé Pair of Model 450 S.C.A.L. Daybed F...
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Modern Daybeds
Steel, Wood
Great pair of Jean Prouvé S.C.A.L. bent sheet steel and steel tube bed frames manufactured by Ateliers Jean Prouvé. These beds were made in the early years of World War II for the st...
Jean Prouvé Sliding Cabinet Doors in Frames
Jean Prouvé Sliding Cabinet Doors in Frames
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Modern Architectural Elements
Oak, Plywood
Sliding cabinet doors with carved handles by Jean Prouvé in collaboration with Charlotte Perriand. Two white sliding doors on wood track frame for a 1950s integrated cupboard/storage...
Ten Aluminium Architectural Panels by Jean Prouvé
Ten Aluminium Architectural Panels by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Modern Architectural Elements
Aluminum
Prefabricated, "flat" aluminium roof panels from an architectural project by Jean Prouvé. Manufactured by Ateliers Jean Prouvé. Ten available in various heights, approximat...
Jean Prouvé Swing Jib Wall Light from the Congo
Jean Prouvé Swing Jib Wall Light from the Congo
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Steel
A very special and rare African jib lamp by Jean Prouvé with exemplary provenance from The Air France building in Brazzaville, Congo.
Architectural Wall Panel by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Modern Architectural Elements
Metal
Prefabricated, corrugated exterior wall panel from an architectural project by Jean Prouvé. Mixed materials. Manufactured by Ateliers Jean Prouvé. Measures: 84.75 in.
Large Jean Prouvé Table Solvay in American Waln...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Wood
Large Jean Prouvé Table Solvay in American Walnut for Vitra. The Table Solvay is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. During the Second World War, th...
Mid-Century Jean Prouvè All Wood Standard Armchair
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Jean Prouve standard chair in all wood for Ateliers Jean Prouvè 1941. A rare collectors piece. Two available
Jean Prouvé Flavigny Table with Stone Top
Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Limestone
Rare and Early "Flavigny" table by Jean Prouvé with folded sheet steel legs and tubular understructure. Limestone top. Literature: Peter Sulzer, "Jean Prouvé Complete Works Vol 2:...
Jean Prouvé Table Solvay in Dark Smoked Oak for...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Table Solvay in Dark Smoked Oak for Vitra. The Table Solvay is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. During the Second World War, the Atel...
Jean Prouvé Table Solvay in Natural Oak for Vitra
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Table Solvay in Natural Oak for Vitra. The Table Solvay is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. During the Second World War, the Ateliers...

Jean Prouve Bench

By Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouve Bench
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches
Steel, Oak
Stunning midcentury bench by Jean Prouve for the University of Paris Medical School Auditorium, 1957. Solid oak and enameled formed steel.
Jean Prouvé & Jules Leleu, Dining Table, circa ...
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Heres a early dining table by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu from the Martel de Janville Sanatorium, circa 1935.
Rare Set of Six Jean Prouvé "Standard" Chairs, ...
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Industrial Chairs
Metal
Happy to present this very rare set of six blue "Standard" chairs, style 305 manufactured by "Atelier Prouve" for the Marcoule electrical plant in the 1950s. Molded plywood seats a...
Jean Prouvé, Monumental Set of 12 'Semi-Metal' ...
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Monumental set of 12 'Semi-Metal' No. 305 chairs by Jean Prouve, and manufactured by Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France, c.1950. Enameled steel and beech plywood. Price is per chair. ...
Jean Prouvé Folding Chair with Steel Frame and ...
Jean Prouvé, Tecta
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Fabric
Jean Prouvé designed this folding chair in 1930. It has a steel frame and black fabric upholstered seat and back. Beautiful lacing detail at the back of the seat. Produced in circa 1...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Dark Oak and Ecru...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in dark oak and white metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and E...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in natural oak and red metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in ...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and B...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in natural oak and black metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed i...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Black Tinted Waln...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in black tinted walnut and black metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally de...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Dark Oak and Blac...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in dark oak and black metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and B...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé standard chair in natural oak and black metal for Vitra. The standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed i...
Jean Prouvé, Fauteuil De Salon by Vitra, Limite...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather
Developed by Jean Prouvé, the Fauteuil de Salon is a typical example of the distinctive structural aesthetic of his designs. The armchair's understated character suits a wide var...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and R...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in natural oak and red metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in ...
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Dark Oak and Red ...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Wood
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in dark oak and black metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1...
Cité Chair designed by Jean Prouvé, Row Office ...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra, G-Star RAW
Vintage 1930s Dutch Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather, Fabric
Originally designed in 1930, this short production Row Office edition Cité chair was a collaboration with the Prouvê family, G-Star and Vitra. Featuring special color markings on the...
Jean Prouvé Cité Chair in Black for Vitra
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather, Fabric
Jean Prouvé Cité chair in black for Vitra. The Cité armchair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1930 to furnish the stude...
Jean Prouvé Cité Chair in Beige and Red for Vitra
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather, Fabric
Jean Prouvé Cité Chair in beige and red for Vitra. The Cité armchair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1930 to furnish t...
Jean Prouvé Cité Chair in Beige & Ecru for Vitra
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather, Fabric
Jean Prouvé Cité Chair in Beige & Ecru for Vitra. The Cité armchair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1930 to furnish th...
Antony Daybed by Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perr...
Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Iron
S.C.A.L. Antony daybed with pivoting table designed by Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand. Manufactured by Ateliers Prouvé, France, circa 1952.
Vintage Side Table on Wheels in the Style of Je...
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Wood
Teak wooden side table on wheels. This 'Z'-shaped table is a well designed piece, it gets slimmer from the top to the bottom. This movable table has the original brass casters ...
Jean Prouve S.C.a.L. Daybed, circa 1950
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Metal
S.C.A.L. daybed designed by Jean Prouve. Manufactured by Ateliers Prouve, France, circa 1950. This bed has been restored. Metal frame, wood, new upholstery. In good condition, ...
Wooden Standard Chair by Jean Prouvé, 1940s
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Wood
Very rare wooden standard chair by Jean Prouvé, 1940s. This model is an original early edition that is very hard to find. All of the parts were made by wood because of the steel sh...
Jean Prouvé Solid Walnut Tabouret Solvay by Vitra
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wood
Tabouret Solvay is a simple, robust stool made of solid American walnut (or oak) that reveals the designer’s signature at first glance: its clear structural principles can be found t...
Jean Prouvé Potence black wall lamp by Vitra
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Steel, Wood
The Potence wall lamp is one of Jean Prouvé's puristic masterpieces. Reduced to the essentials a light bulb and a pivoting wall mount – the long swing arm wall light is made of powde...
Jean Prouve Lounge Chair, 1949
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1940s French Industrial Lounge Chairs
Metal
Lounge chair manufactured by Atelier Jean Prouve for Franco, U. S. Memorial hospital in Saint - Lo. From 1947 to 1949 Charlotte Perriand acted as interior architect consultant for al...
Jean Prouve Swing Arm Wall Light with Period Sh...
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
There are few designs from the midcentury that define the simplicity and functionality of Prove's classic wall light. The shade is not documented as being from Alteliers Jean Prouve ...
Jean Prouve S.C.A.L. Daybed, circa 1950
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Metal
S.C.A.L. daybed designed by Jean Prouve. Manufactured by Ateliers Prouve, France, circa 1950. This bed has been restored. Metal frame, wood, new upholstery. In good condition, ...

Jean Prouvé Armchair

By Jules Leleu
Jean Prouvé Armchair
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1930s French Armchairs
Steel
Enameled steel armchair for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy. Ateliers Jean Prouvé, 1936.
Jean Prouve "Africa" Low Table
Jean Prouvé
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Jean Prouve "Africa" low table. A superb example.
Jean Prouvé "Antony" Daybed, 1954
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Industrial Daybeds
Metal
The "Antony" bed was designed by Jean Prouvé and enhanced with a swiveling wood table, by Charlotte Perriand as a part of the furnishing commission of the Antony university residenc...
Antony Chair, Jean Prouve, 1954
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Industrial Chairs
Metal
Antony chair, designed in 1954 by Jean Prouve and produced by Atelier Prouve. Molded beech plywood, enameled steel, aluminium. This chair is in great original condition, showing si...
Jean Prouve Compas Desk, 1950
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Industrial Desks and Writing Tables
Metal
Iconic Compas desk, created by Jean Prouve and manufactured by Atelier Prouve in the 1950s. Compas- shaped legs support black laminated wood top and two steel drawers. This desk is i...
Jean Prouvé Bed Frame
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Steel, Oak
Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu enameled steel bedframe with attached two-door oak top cabinet. Fits a European twin size cushion. Designed for the Martel de Janville Sanitorium in Plate...
Jean Prouvé Wall-Mounted Desk
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Desks
Steel, Oak
Wall-mounted desk for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy. Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France, 1936.
Set of Four Midcentury Chairs Tecta Designed by...
Jean Prouvé, Tecta
Vintage 1980s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Leather, Chrome
Marked by label. Model D20. Tecta from Germany. Stainless steel, leather, wicker chairs, 1981.
Jean Prouvé "Chaise en Bois" Wooden Standard Ch...
Jean Prouvé
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Wood
Jean Prouvé "Chaise en Bois" wooden standard chair. Original condition. Original patina. Very unique collectors' piece. Provenance: Jean Prouvé employee, circa 1940, France. Ve...
Standard Chair Designed by Jean Prouve, circa 1...
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Lacquer
The Standard chair by Jean Prouvé was commissioned after the Second World War for the Social Security meeting rooms in France. The base of the chair is made with a folded sheet steel...

Chair by Jean Prouvé

By Jean Prouvé
Chair by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Oak
A chair with a moulded plywood seat and back screwed on a solid oak structure. This chair was designed by Jean Prouvé and published by "les ateliers Jean Prouvé". Though very structu...
Jean Prouvé Easy Chair for Communauté Religieus...
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Easy chair by Jean Prouvé.
Jean Prouvé D20 Stainless Steel Leather Wicker ...
Jean Prouvé, Tecta
Vintage 1980s Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Stainless Steel
Jean Prouvé D20 stainless steel leather wicker chair has been reproduced by Tecta who is a Furniture Company based in Germany. Beautifully made and very comfortable this black leathe...
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