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Jean Prouvé Chairs

French, 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 postwar 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 1stDibs, 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 Prouvé is an appreciation of human decency.

Find antique Jean Prouvé chairs, tables, chaise longues and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé Antony Chairs, 2002 Vitra edition. with original tags, Set of 2
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Denver, CO
These chairs are a very sought after set of Antony Chairs originally designed in 1950 by French Architect Jean Prouvé, released via license by Vitra USA on behalf of the Prouvé famil...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

rare Pair of Jean Prouvé all-wood chairs 1950's French design
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of standard Jean Prouvé "all-wood" chairs in oak and plywood. Very nice vintage condition, with a beautiful patina. Traces of use and age can be seen throughout.
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Wood, Oak

Antony Chair by Jean Prouve for Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Chicago, IL
c. 2002. Iconic French design, produced by frites. Metal legs with wood seat.
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Early 2000s French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Wood

Jean Prouvé Standard Chair Limited RAW Steel and Natural Oak by Vitra
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Dronten, NL
The classic standard chair was originally designed by Jean Prouvé in 1934. This is the desirable Vitra limited RAW edition, in natural oak with a clear lacquered steel (metal brut) f...
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1930s French Industrial Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé, Pair of Standard Chairs, model 306, circa 1950
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Pair of original "semi-metal" Standard chairs, model 306, designed by Jean Prouvé, and dating from around 1950. Constructed from plywood with the original ribbed vinyl covering and...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Metal, Enamel

Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Japanese Red for Vitra
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Glendale, CA
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in natural oak and Japanese red for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Black Metal for Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Glendale, CA
Jean Prouvé standard chair in natural oak and black metal for Vitra. The standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engine...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Gray Metal for Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Glendale, CA
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in natural oak and gray metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Blue Metal for Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Glendale, CA
Jean Prouvé Standard chair in natural oak and blue metal for Vitra. The Standard chair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé Pair of "Standard Chairs" / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Zürich, CH
Pair of "Standard chairs" by Jean Prouvé is raw yet elegant and classic modernist furniture. Because of their simplistic design the chairs have become one of the most popular objects...
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

6 Standard Chairs by Jean Prouve 1950s
By Jean Prouvé
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
A very nice set of 6 standard chairs by Jean Prouvé. Very nice condition, coming from the collection of Peter Lindbergh apartment in Paris. ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Metal

Jean Prouvé, Lounge Chair 1980
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Jean Prouvé - Lounge chair Lounge Chair " Grand Repos " and its ottoman Circa 1980 Tecta edition stainless steel - dimensions : 109 x 64 x 87 Limited to 100 pieces Very ...
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1980s French Other Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Metal

Jean Prouvé Folding Chair Designed 1930, Manufactured by Tecta, 1983
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Jean Prouve´, reclining chairs, steel and canvas, France, design circa 1930, manufactured by Tecta, 1983 This very rare folding chair was designed by Jean Prouve´ in 1930. Originall...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Set of Ten Jean Prouvé "Standard" Chairs, 1950s
By Jean Prouvé
Located in New York, NY
Great early set of ten black "Standard" chairs, style 305 manufactured by Atelier Prouve in the 1950s. Offered as a complete set. Molded plywood seats and backs, bent steel enamele...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

French Mid-Century Red Leather and Steel Chair by Jean Prouvé for Tecta, 1980s
By Jean Prouvé
Located in MIlano, IT
French mid-century red leather and steel chair by Jean Prouvé for Tecta, 1980s Chair with steel structure and resealable seat. The seat is made up of a padded cushion covered in red ...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu, Deck Chai
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Jean proves and Jules Leleu Deck chair of the sanatorium of martel de janville Beech and braided cable circa 1935 Measures: H 113 x L 200 x W 79 1900 e...
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1940s French Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Plywood

Mid-Century Jean Prouvè All Wood Standard Armchair
By Jean Prouvé
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Jean Prouve standard chair in all wood for Ateliers Jean Prouvè 1941. A rare collectors piece.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Wood

Jean Prouvé, Dactylo CD 11 Chair, 1944
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Paris, FR
Bent sheet steel, steel tube and molded plywood Measures: H. 83 x L. 40 x P. 50 cm H. 32.68 x L. 15.75 x D. 19.69 inches.  
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1940s French Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé Side Chair
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé
Located in Stockton, NJ
Side chair for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy. Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France, 1936.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Set of 6 Jean Prouvé Standard SP Chairs in Teak Brown and Red for Vitra
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Glendale, CA
Set of 6 Jean Prouvé standard SP chairs in teak brown and red for Vitra. In like new and unused condition with original Vitra boxes, stickers ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

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Antony Lounge Chair by Jean Prouvé for Vitra
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Saint Paul, MN
Antony lounge chair by Jean Prouvé for Vitra, 2002. Authentic and labeled. 2 available, priced and sold individually.
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Jean Prouvé Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Black Metal for Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
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Jean Prouvé Tabouret Solvay Stool in Solid Natural Oak by Vitra
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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Tabouret Métallique Stool by Jean Prouvé for Vitra
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Tabouret Métallique stool in the Special Prouvé color "Bleu Marcoule" by Jean Prouvé for Vitra. Marked with Vitra label. Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) was a French architect, designer,...
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Anthony Chair After Jean Prouve, circa 2000
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Step into an era of enduring design with the captivating reedition of the "Anthony" Chair, a masterpiece attributed to the visionary Jean Prouvé. Crafted with a synthesis of metal and oak laminate...
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Early 2000s French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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H 34.65 in W 19.69 in D 26.78 in
Panton Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, 1959
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in Neuss, NW
Timeless cantilever Panton Chair by Vitra made of high-quality polypropylene in white. Draft by Verner Panton in 1959. Quality Features: accomplished design: perfect proportions...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Plastic

  • Panton Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, 1959
  • Panton Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, 1959
  • Panton Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, 1959
  • Panton Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, 1959
H 32.68 in W 19.69 in D 24.02 in
Jean Prouvé Cite Lounge Chair (Prouvé RAW Edition) by G Star Raw and Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Saint Paul, MN
The Cité lounge chair is one of Prouvé's earlier furniture designs and it fits perfectly in the modern home where Prouvé himself used it. Jean Prouvé was a "constructeur" a builder a...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Metal

Pair of French Modern Jean Prouvé Style Metal Chairs Upholstered in Sheepskin
By Jacques Adnet, Mathieu Matégot, Jean Prouvé, Colette Gueden
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of French Modern Jean Prouvé style metal chairs upholstered in blue sheepskin. These French midcentury chairs or side chairs have a great distresse...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Metal

Range Dining Chair in White Oak and Leather by Fort Standard, in Stock
By Fort Standard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Shaker inspired white oak side chair with comfortable contoured backrest. Wooden seat pan features low profile vegetable tanned leather pad. This chair's simplicity makes it versatile to work perfectly in many different environments. Shown here: - Hard maple chair with plain seat pan - Walnut chair with shearling seat - Walnut chair and black leather seat - Walnut chair and plain wooden seat pan - White oak chair...
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2010s American Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Leather, Hardwood, Oak

A Pair of Vintage Armchairs, in Style of Jean Prouvé, Scandinavia 1960s
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Hønefoss, 30
A pair of armchair by unknown designer from 1960s, in style of Jean Prouvé. Arms and legs of dark stained wood with new linen cushions. A simple and fuctional design made comfortab...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Dutch Industrial Design Prouve Style School Chairs S21 Compas Galvanitas
By Galvanitas, Wim Rietveld, Friso Kramer, Jean Prouvé
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Nice batch of original S21 stackable and switchable school chairs made by Galvanitas from the 60s - 70s in the style of the designs of Friso Kramer, Wim Rietveld and Jean Prouvé. Wha...
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1970s Dutch Industrial Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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10 x Dutch Industrial Design Prouve Style School Chairs S21 Compas Galvanitas
By Friso Kramer, Jean Prouvé, Wim Rietveld, Galvanitas
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
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1970s Dutch Industrial Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Metal

Previously Available Items
Jean Prouvé, Antony Chair Nr.356, Vitra Edition, 2002
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Untersiggenthal, AG
Very good condition. Vitra Label attached.
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20th Century Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Birch

Jean Prouvé Fauteuil Direction RAW Limited Edition
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Dronten, NL
Limited edition Fauteuil Direction designed by Jean Prouvé and made in 2011 by Vitra in collaboration with G-Star. This wonderful chair is from the rare limited first edition, with ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Chaise "Tout Bois " Jean Prouvé
By Jean Prouvé
Located in PARIS, FR
Chaise standard de Jean Prouvé, dite "Tout Bois", circa 1953 Structure en chêne massif, assise et dossier en placage de chêne thermoformé. H81,5 x P 48 x l40,5 cm
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  • Chaise "Tout Bois " Jean Prouvé
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H 32.09 in W 15.95 in D 18.9 in
Jean Prouvé Antony Chairs, 2002 Vitra edition. with original tags, Set of 2
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Denver, CO
These chairs are a very sought after set of Antony Chairs originally designed in 1950 by French Architect Jean Prouvé, released via license by Vitra USA on behalf of the Prouvé famil...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé Standard Chair Black Edition
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Dronten, NL
The classic standard chair was originally designed by Jean Prouvé in 1934. This is the desirable Vitra limited all-black edition, in black stained oak and black enamel steel frame. ...
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1930s French Industrial Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair Black Edition
  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair Black Edition
  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair Black Edition
  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair Black Edition
H 31.89 in W 16.54 in D 19.3 in
Jean Prouvé Standard Chair
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Dronten, NL
The classic Standard chair was originally designed by Jean Prouvé in 1934. This is the desirable early Vitra re-edition, in dark stained oak and dark grey enamel steel frame. Comes...
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1930s French Industrial Vintage Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair
  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair
  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair
  • Jean Prouvé Standard Chair
H 31.89 in W 16.54 in D 19.3 in
Jean Prouve Antony Chair from the Limited Edition Vitra Collection
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A limited production bent plywood chair with black painted steel frame and legs by designer Jean Prouve. To the seat are chromed heads holding the s...
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Early 2000s European Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Jean Prouvé Fauteuil Direction Armchair by Vitra, 2019
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Jean Prouvé Fauteuil direction armchair by Vitra, 2019.
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Authentic Standard Chair in Natural Oak and Mint Color by Jean Prouvé
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The authentic standard chair in natural oak and mint color by Jean Prouvé is as durable as it is comfortable with its mix of mint green steel base and natural oak seat. Metal work...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Steel

Jean Prouvé, Antony Chair Nr.356, Vitra Edition, 2002
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Untersiggenthal, AG
Fading and slight abrasion on front edge of seat, Screws have light scratches.
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20th Century Jean Prouvé Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Jean Prouvé Standard Chairs in Natural Oak and Black Metal for Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
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French Mid-Century Red Leather and Steel Chairs by Jean Prouvé for Tecta, 1980s
By Jean Prouvé
Located in MIlano, IT
French mid-century Red leather and steel chairs by Jean Prouvé for Tecta, 1980s Set of 3 chairs with steel structure and resealable seat. The seat is made up of a padded cushion cove...
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Jean Prouvé chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Jean Prouvé chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jean Prouvé chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 14 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs by Jean Prouvé were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Jacques Adnet, Maison Jansen, and André Sornay. Prices for Jean Prouvé chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,250 and can go as high as $155,336, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,858.

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