Lounge Chair Fauteuil De Salon by Prouvè For Sale
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Lounge Chair Fauteuil De Salon by Prouvè

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The Fauteuil armchair by Salon combines the simple planes of a homogeneous architectural object with an extraordinarily comfortable seat and backrest. Rediscovered in the archives of the French engineer Jean Prouvé, the armchair has been updated with a range of contemporary colors. With its solid wood armrests treated with oil and the structural aesthetic that characterizes its designer, the Fauteuil de Salon combines perfectly with other pieces of the Prouvé collection. Produced by Vitra - designed by Jean Prouvé. Materials: Base: Round and molded sheet steel, powder-coated Seat and backrest: Polyurethane foam Armrests: Solid wood, oiled American walnut.

Details

  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 32.5 in. x W 26.75 in. x D 33 in.H 82.55 cm x W 67.95 cm x D 83.82 cm
  • Seat Height
    13.75 in. (34.93 cm)
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU4390114655732
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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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"Simplicity is the most complicated thing in the world" - Vico Magistretti Dsegnare takes root from the Italian verb, disegnare or “to design,” and as the name suggests, the aesthetic vision embodies a modernized approach to the timeless quality of European design traditions. Founder and Artistic Director, Cardenio Petrucci, an internationally recognized Italian designer brings 20 years of interior design, architectural drafting and furniture procurement across the United States and Europe. Dsegnare is San Francisco based and European inspired interior design firm, furniture dealership, and exclusive brand featuring a highly curated selection of internationally sourced residential and commercial furnishings. The Dsegnare brand centers upon the concept of ‘sophisticated modernism’ or the elevation of minimalist, modular, and mid-century styles through incorporation of hand-selected natural materials, assurance of quality construction and tailored customization to client specifications. Dsegnare takes pride in blending residential with office products, developing meeting spaces that allow for sophisticated comfort in the home or board room. Dsegnare has been involved in many notable client projects, including the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, Yahoo! headquarters in San Francisco, NYC and Los Angeles, YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, CA Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, Uber in San Francisco, SFMoMA, Index Ventures and Presidio VC.

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