Skip to main content

Jean Prouvé Bookcases

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.

1
to
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Height
to
Width
to
Depth
to
1
1
1
1
1
63
81
76
48
41
Creator: Jean Prouvé
1972. Charlotte Perriand Storages Boxes
By Charlotte Perriand, Guy Rey-Millet, Jean Prouvé
Located in Perpignan, FR
Storage boxes designed by Charlotte Perriand, jean Prouvé and Guy Rey-Millet for the mountain refugee "La Vanoise" French alpes. see pictures. Set include 10 boxes. 6 boxes...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Pine

Related Items
Antique Victorian mahogany storage box
Located in Ipswich, GB
Antique Victorian mahogany storage box having a quality antique mahogany storage box with red interior. D. 1860
Category

Early 19th Century Victorian Antique Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Victorian mahogany storage box
Antique Victorian mahogany storage box
H 3.94 in W 10.04 in D 6.7 in
Mid Century Hand Crafted Burlwood Humidor Cigar Storage Box
By Dunhill
Located in Chula Vista, CA
20th Mid Century Hand crafted Burlwood Humidor Cigar Storage Box In the manner of Dunhill and Davidoff 4.75 h x 11 w x 9.75 Burl wood with exotic woods. Preowned original vintage con...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Burl

Mid-Century Prouve Style Sewing Box
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century, Prouve style sewing box with birch toned storage boxes and black wood frame. Garnet felt lined cantilevered boxes perfect for all your sewing and knitting supplies or yo...
Category

1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Felt, Wood

Mid-Century Prouve Style Sewing Box
Mid-Century Prouve Style Sewing Box
H 26.25 in W 20.75 in D 12.5 in
Wood and Colored Resin Storage Box
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful wood and colored resin channeled storage box with brass hinge.
Category

1990s Unknown Organic Modern Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Resin, Wood

Japanese Faux Lacquer Storage Box
Located in New York, NY
Large Japanese faux lacquer decorated storage box in the form of a chamfered cube with hinged lid, the black lacquered sides decorated with lotus leaves and other floral motifs. De...
Category

Late 20th Century Japonisme Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Japanese Faux Lacquer Storage Box
Japanese Faux Lacquer Storage Box
H 20 in W 20 in D 20 in
Litho Printed Storage Box in the Style of Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, London
Storage or cigar box Printed aluminium sleeve Wooden inner Possibly by Fornasetti Italy, 1950s
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Vintage Arden Company Milk. Crane Wood and Metal Storage Box.
Located in Seattle, WA
Circa 1961. Ardent Forms Metal and wood Crate. Wording has been embossed into the wood.Rustic vintage. Vintage Condition Consistent with Age as Pictured. Dimensions. 19 W ; 13 D ; 1...
Category

1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Lovely antique Victorian rosewood storage box
Located in Ipswich, GB
Lovely antique Victorian rosewood storage box, having a quality rosewood box of Sarcophagus shape, with a lift up lid opening to reveal a st...
Category

Early 19th Century Early Victorian Antique Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Tessellated Pen Shell Jewelry Storage Box
By Maitland Smith
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large tessellated two tone pen shell jewelry / storage box attributed to Maitland Smith .
Category

Late 20th Century Philippine Hollywood Regency Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Shell

Mid-Century Modern Storage Box by Metalux the Netherlands
By Metalux, Joost Teders 1
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Stylish and decorative sewing box / storage box designed by Joost Teders for Metalux Netherlands in 1955. The original lacquered wooden boxes colo...
Category

1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Steel

19th Century Desktop Tambour Letter Storage Box
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful antique box for letters / documents with a roller shutter door. The box is made of mahogany wood and above the foot is a bronze profiled frame...
Category

1880s French Belle Époque Antique Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Brass

19th Century Desktop Tambour Letter Storage Box
19th Century Desktop Tambour Letter Storage Box
Free Shipping
H 9.06 in W 8.27 in D 12.6 in
19th Century Asian Wooden Decorative Storage Box
Located in Germantown, MD
Mid 19th Century Asian Wooden decorative storage box with lid. Measures 13.5"W x 11"D x 11.5"H.
Category

Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Antique Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Previously Available Items
Jean Prouve, Suspended Desk and Chair, 1934
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Paris, FR
Model created for the alpine sanatoriums of Guébriant and Martel de Janville in Passy. Pol Abraham and Jacques - Henri Le Même, architects. Interior fittings commissioned by the Fr...
Category

1930s Vintage Jean Prouvé Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Jean Prouve, Suspended Desk and Chair, 1934
Jean Prouve, Suspended Desk and Chair, 1934
H 17.72 in W 66.93 in D 28.35 in

Jean Prouvé bookcases for sale on 1stDibs.

Jean Prouvé bookcases are available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider bookcases by Charlotte Perriand, Jacques Adnet, and Maison Jansen.

Creators Similar to Jean Prouvé

Recently Viewed

View All