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.

Dactylo Desk, Bureau Dactylo, Jean Prouvé, circa 1941, France, Oak and Metal
Dactylo Desk, Bureau Dactylo, Jean Prouvé, circ...
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1940s French Desks
Metal
Dactylo desk par Jean Prouvé, circa 1941, France, Chêne and metal Bureau Dactylo par Jean Prouvé, circa 1941, France, oak and metal. Jean Prouvé (1901 -1984).
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 Flavigny Table with Stone Top
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 updated at some point, showing older wear. Literature: Peter Su...
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, 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 & 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, Monumental Set of 12 'Semi-Metal' Chairs, circa 1950
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, 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.  
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...
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.
Architectural Wall Panel by Jean Prouvé
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.
Jean Prouvé Swing Jib Wall Light from Air France, Dakar
Jean Prouvé Swing Jib Wall Light from Air Franc...
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 Immeuble Air France, Dakar, c. 1950's.
Vitra Table Solvay in American Walnut by Jean P...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
These items are currently only available in the United States. Jean Prouvé developed table Solvay during the Second World War and due to the scarcity of metal at that time, he desig...
Vitra Fauteuil de Salon Armchair in Cognac with...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Developed by Jean Prouvé, the Fauteuil de Salon is a typical example of the distinctive structural aesthetic of his de...
Vitra Fauteuil De Salon Armchair in Beige with ...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Developed by Jean Prouvé, the Fauteuil de Salon is a typical example of the distinctive structural aesthetic of his de...
Vitra Table Solvay in Natural Oak by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. Jean Prouvé developed Table Solvay during the Second World War and due to the scarcity of metal at that time, he desig...
Vitra Fauteuil de Salon Armchair in Black by Je...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Developed by Jean Prouvé, the Fauteuil de Salon is a typical example of the distinctive structural aesthetic of his de...
Vitra Table Solvay in Smoked Dark Oak by Jean P...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. Jean Prouvé developed table Solvay during the Second World War and due to the scarcity of metal at that time, he desig...
Vitra Cité Armchair in Beige Upholstery with Re...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Designed for a competition to furnish the student residence halls at the Cité Universitaire in Nancy, the Cité armchai...
Vitra Cité Armchair in Beige Upholstery with Ec...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Designed for a competition to furnish the student residence halls at the Cité Universitaire in Nancy, the Cité armchai...
Vitra Cité Armchair in Black Upholstery by Jean...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Designed for a competition to furnish the student residence halls at the Cité Universitaire in Nancy, the Cité armchai...
Jean Prouve “Antony Daybed”, 1954
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Upholstery
Daybed designed by Jean Prouve. Manufactured in, France, circa 1950. This bed has been restored. Metal frame, wood, new upholstery.
Jean Prouve “Antony Daybed”, 1954
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Upholstery
Daybed designed by Jean Prouve. Manufactured in, France, circa 1950. This bed has been restored. Metal frame, wood, new upholstery.
Jean Prouvé Bureau Présidence
Jean Prouvé
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing...
Aluminum, Sheet Metal, Oak
Limited edition desk from the G-Star raw edition made by Vitra. G-Star ordered these desks for their new Headquarters in Amsterdam by the architect Rem Koolhaas. They where also a...
Grand Repos Lounge Chair Jean Prouvé Black Leat...
Jean Prouvé, Tecta
Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather
Adjustable lounge chair with stainless steel frame, black leather upholstered sprung seat, black armrests, white head rest. Structure mounted on castors. Manufactured by Tecta, Germa...
Rare Benches by Jean Prouvé and Guy Rey-Millet
Jean Prouvé, Guy Rey-Millet
Vintage 1970s French Benches
Pine
Rare pine benches by Jean Prouvé and Guy Rey-Millet for Refuge du Col de la Vanoise, Savoie. Made in France, circa 1972. Benches priced per item. Reference: Bernard Marrey &...

Bed by Jean Prouvé

By Jean Prouvé
Bed by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1930s French Beds and Bed Frames
Bed entirely lacquered in red-blood color. Furniture designed in 1934-35 for the sanatorium of Guébriant and sponsored by the French Army to the architects Abraham and Jacques Hen...
Jean Prouvé S.C.A.L. Daybed, circa 1955
Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Daybeds
Metal
S.C.A.L. daybed designed by Jean Prouvé. Manufactured by Ateliers Prouve, France, circa 1955. Metal frame, wood, new upholstery.
Vitra Flavigny Table in American Walnut Oak by ...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Tables
Walnut
These items are currently only available in the United States. The aesthetic charm of Table Flavigny, which is now being reintroduced by Vitra as an elegant dining table, lies in th...
Vitra Compas Direction Desk in Oak and Chocolat...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Desks
Steel, Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. The slender, elegantly splayed metal legs of the Compas Direction desk by Jean Prouvé call to mind the hinged arms of ...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Warm Grey and Coffee...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
Vitre EM Table in Smoked Oak & Coffee by Jean P...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. The aesthetic appearance of Jean Prouvé's EM table adheres to structural principles, illustrating the flow of forces a...
Vitra Feuteuil Direction in Dark Gray and Basal...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Twill, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Fauteuil Direction is especially suited for dining room seating or as an armchair in home offices. The design reflects...
Vitra Guéridon Table in Smoked Oak by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Tables
Wood
These items are currently only available in the United States. The wooden table Guéridon, which was produced by the designer and engineer Jean Prouvé for the University of Paris, is...
Vitra Feuteuil Direction in Dark Gray and Choco...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Twill, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Fauteuil Direction is especially suited for dining room seating or as an armchair in home offices. The design reflects...
Vitra Feuteuil Direction in Ink Blue & Chocolat...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Armchairs
Twill, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. Fauteuil Direction is especially suited for dining room seating or as an armchair in home offices. The design reflects...
Vitra Guéridon Table in American Walnut Oak by...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Tables
Wood
These items are currently only available in the United States. The wooden table guéridon, which was produced by the designer and engineer Jean Prouvé for the University of Paris, is...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Basalt and Deep Blac...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
Vitra Trapèze Table in Black by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Tables
Wood
These items are currently only available in the United States. Like the Antony chair, the Trapèze table was originally developed for the Cité Universitaire in Antony near Paris and ...
Vitra Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Black b...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Metal
These items are currently only available in the United States. Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the weight of the user‘s upper body. The engineer, arc...
Vitra Standard SR Chair in Iron Grey and Deep B...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. The standard SR (siège rembourré), the chair has an upholstered seat and backrest. The design of Standard SR illustrat...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Lemon & Chocolate by...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
Vitra Guéridon Table in Natural Oak by by Jean...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Tables
Wood
These items are currently only available in the United States. The wooden table Guéridon, which was produced by the designer and engineer Jean Prouvé for the University of Paris, is...
Vitra Standard SR Chair in Canola and Deep Blac...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. The Standard SR (siège rembourré), the chair has an upholstered seat and backrest. The design of Standard SR illustrat...
Vitra EM Table in Oak & Deep Black by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. The aesthetic appearance of Jean Prouvé's EM Table adheres to structural principles, illustrating the flow of forces a...
Vitra EM Table in Asphalt HPL and Coffee by Jea...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. The aesthetic appearance of Jean Prouvé's EM Table adheres to structural principles, illustrating the flow of forces a...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Deep Black and Basal...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
Vitra EM Table in Oak & Ecru by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. The aesthetic appearance of Jean Prouvé's EM Table adheres to structural principles, illustrating the flow of forces a...
Vitra Standard Chair in Dark Oak and Black by J...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Metal
These items are currently only available in the United States. Chairs take the most stress on their backlegs, where they bear the weight of the user‘s upper body. The engineer, arch...
Vitra EM Table in Ivory HPL and Deep Black by J...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Steel
These items are currently only available in the United States. The aesthetic appearance of Jean Prouvé's EM table adheres to structural principles, illustrating the flow of forces a...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Teak Brown and Japan...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
Vitra Standard Chair in Dark Oak & Japanese Red...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Metal
These items are currently only available in the United States. Chairs take the most stress on their backlegs, where they bear the weight of the user‘s upper body. The engineer, arch...
Vitra Standard Chair in Dark Oak & Ecru by Jean...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Metal
These items are currently only available in the United States. Chairs take the most stress on their backlegs, where they bear the weight of the user‘s upper body. The engineer, arch...
Vitra Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Japanes...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Metal
These items are currently only available in the United States. Chairs take the most stress on their backlegs, where they bear the weight of the user‘s upper body. The engineer, arch...
Vitra Compas Direction Desk in Oak and Coffee b...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Desks
Steel, Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. The slender, elegantly splayed metal legs of the Compas Direction desk by Jean Prouvé call to mind the hinged arms of ...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Olive & Ecru by Jean...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
Vitra Compas Direction Desk in Oak & Japanese R...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Desks
Steel, Oak
These items are currently only available in the United States. The slender, elegantly splayed metal legs of the Compas Direction desk by Jean Prouvé call to mind the hinged arms of ...
Vitra Standard SP Chair in Teak Brown and Mint ...
Jean Prouvé, Vitra
21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs
Plastic
These items are currently only available in the United States. Made of high quality plastic, the seat shell and backrest of the Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) chair by Jean Prouvé...
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