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Set of 6 Jean Prouvé Standard SP Chairs in Teak Brown and Red for Vitra

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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 and “Certificates of Authenticity”. The standard SP chair is a modernized variation on an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed in 1934, the standard evolved into one of the most famous classics of the French 'constructeur'. The seat and backrest of this understated, iconic chair are available in various types of high grade ASA plastic and, like the metal frame, comes in a variety of different colors. Price is for the set. Materials: Base: Red fine structure, glides brown. Backrest and seat: Teak brown. Glides: Hard glides (standard). Dimensions: W 16.5”, H 32.75” Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the weight of the user's upper body. The engineer, architect and designer Jean Prouvé incorporated this simple insight in his design for the standard chair: while steel tubing su¦ces for the front legs, since they are subject to less stress, the back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections that transfer the primary weight to the floor. Standard SP (Siège en Plastique) builds a bridge from past to present, giving this iconic chair a contemporary look without altering its form: made of robust plastic, the seat surface and backrest of standard SP come in a palette of finely modulated colors. The durable matte finish of the powder-coated bases matches the plastic surfaces of the chair.


  • Creator
    Jean Prouvé (Designer),Vitra (Maker)
  • Design
    Standard Chair
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.25 in. (81.92 cm)Width: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)Depth: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)Seat Height: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    In as new unused condition with original factory boxes, manufacturer's label and documentation.
  • Seller Location
    Glendale, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1447218336972

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About the Design

Standard Chair

Designed by Jean Prouvé
Most people don’t contemplate how a chair was engineered before they sit in it — they simply trust that it will support them. But the overtly utilitarian Standard chair confronts potential sitters with its design, demonstrating in a forthright manner the engineering that renders it possible for a chair to bear weight. For a traditional chair with four legs, such as the aptly titled Standard chair, it’s the back two legs that carry the most stress. Its designer, Jean Prouvé (1901–84) demonstrates this concept through the piece’s visually robust, fin-shaped rear legs and its slim, tubular steel front counterparts. The largely self-taught French architect, born in Paris to visual artist Victor Prouvé and pianist Marie Duhamel, was surrounded by the arts from an early age: His parents’ social circle in his adopted hometown of Nancy included furniture designer Louis Majorelle and glass artist Emile Gallé. The elder Prouvé cofounded an artist collective called École de Nancy (“the Nancy School”), a group that championed a connection between art and industry. The younger Prouvé was highly influenced by the aesthetics and ideals of the collective. He went on to study at the city’s school of fine arts as a teenager, served as an apprentice to a blacksmith and then joined a metal workshop in Paris. In 1923, he opened his own workshop, where he focused on wrought-iron elements such as railings and lamps but also dabbled in furniture design. He continued to explore a merging of art, industry and society in his work, and during the interwar period and throughout World War II, Prouvé turned his attention to social projects made possible by mass production, designing bicycles, stoves and affordable prefabricated structures that served as army barracks, housing for refugees and even vacation homes. It was during this period in 1934 that Prouvé designed the Standard chair for the University of Nancy, using tubular and sheet steel for the legs and wood for the seat and backrest. He more often thought of himself as an engineer rather than an architect or designer — a sentiment shared by Le Corbusier, a client of Prouvé’s who regarded him as a constructeur, a “builder.” Le Corbusier was just one renowned architect who Prouvé worked with over the course of his career; he also collaborated with furniture makers Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret as well as artist Alexander Calder, resolving design problems with straightforward solutions. Today the Standard chair is produced by Vitra.
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