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Charlotte Perriand by Steph Simon Editions Booklet Print
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Perpignan, FR
Booklet print of the "storage" of Charlotte Perriand Published by Steph Simon Editions in 1956. Printed on the front in black on transparent paper. In good original condition,...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Drawings

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Rare Original Blueprint by Jean Prouvé
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare original Jean Prouvé blueprint, with many hand-drawn details, of a prefabricated house Prouvé developed with his brother Henri in 1949, the famous "Maison Standard." The pla...
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Vintage 1940s French Modern Drawings

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  • Rare Original Blueprint by Jean Prouvé
  • Rare Original Blueprint by Jean Prouvé
  • Rare Original Blueprint by Jean Prouvé
  • Rare Original Blueprint by Jean Prouvé
H 21 in. W 31 in. D .005 in.

jean-prouve Biography and Important Works

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 Jean Prouvé is an appreciation of human decency.

jean-prouve Biography and Important Works

Jean Prouvé Furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Jean Prouvé furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 72 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Jean Prouvé were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Jean Prouvé Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $587 and tops at $1,204,019, while pieces like these can sell for $14,500 on average.