Vitra Fauteuil De Salon Armchair in Black by Jean Prouvé For Sale
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Vitra Fauteuil De Salon Armchair in Black by Jean Prouvé

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Vitra Fauteuil de Salon armchair in black by Jean Prouvé. 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 variety of interiors, and its ample upholstery and oiled, solid wood armrests emanate inviting comfort. Fauteuil de Salon joins simple planes into a unified architectural object with a comfortable seat surface and backrest. Rediscovered in the archives of the French engineer Jean Prouvé, the armchair has been updated in a contemporary color palette. With oiled, solid wood armrests and the designer's characteristic structural aesthetic, the Fauteuil de Salon can be ideally combined with other pieces in the Prouvé Collection. Price is per item. Handmade to order in Switzerland. Current configuration shown is in black twill with deep black base and smoked oak armrests. Also available in the below color and material configurations. Please specify when ordering. Seat and backrest: Leather (snow, cement, granite, smoke blue, jade, khaki, umbra grey, asphalt) or twill fabric (pearl, jade grey, light grey, ice blue, avocado, green, green-grey, blue-grey, ink blue, dark grey, black, brown, coconut, dark red, cognac, brick, light red, canola) with polyurethane filling Bases: Deep black, Japanese red, chocolate, coffee, ecru Armrests: Natural oak, smoked oak, American walnut Glides: Hard glides (standard) or felt glides These items are currently only available in the United States. In-stock lead time 16-17 weeks. Out of stock lead time up to an additional 8 weeks or more. Please note that inventory can change at any time.

Details

  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 32.49 in. x W 26.78 in. x D 33.08 in.H 82.53 cm x W 68.03 cm x D 84.03 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Glendale, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1447214271001
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About Jean Prouvé (Designer)

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.

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