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Beaubourg Chair
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Beaubourg Chair

About the Design

As far as designer star power goes, the Beaubourg chair just may top the list for its contributors. 


First conceived by prizewinning architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano in the early 1970s for the Centre Pompidou, the pair’s groundbreaking modern art museum and event space in Paris, the chair design was ultimately completed by Michel Cadestin (b. 1942) and Georges Laurent (1886–1964). The work was crowned the winner of a competition judged by none other than the legendary French metalworker and designer Jean Prouvé, himself no stranger to revered furniture pieces.


The final Beaubourg chair design, first produced in 1976 by Teda and named for the Centre Pompidou’s neighborhood (and the museum project’s working title), marries a supple leather seat and back with a frame of latticed stainless steel, joined together with simple metal studs. The metal form echoes the skeletal architecture of the Pompidou itself — the “inside-out” appearance of which, with its arrangement of multicolored pipes and electrical components positioned prominently on the building’s exterior, caused a wide range of reactions in Paris and in the design and architecture communities at large. National Geographic, for its part, famously claimed the building elicited “love at second sight,”' while a critic at The Guardian called it “hideous.”


In addition to the Beaubourg chair, Laurent and Cadestin devised a bench version in the 1970s. Both models were installed in the Centre Pompidou at its opening in 1977 but have since been replaced throughout the museum. No longer in production, the chairs live on as popular collector’s items, significant for both their distinctive design and their indelible connection to one of the most important buildings of postmodernism.


Michel Cadestin Beaubourg Chair

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Michel Cadestin Karate Sofa Airborne Edition
By Michel Cadestin
Located in Paris, FR
Michel Cadestin Karate sofa Airborne Edition, circa 1970 New fabric from "la maison Gabriel" In very good state.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Canapes

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Fiberglass

Michel Cadestin & Georges Laurent Set of Four "Beaubourg" Dining Chairs, 1976
By Georges Laurent, Michel Cadestin
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of four "Beaubourg" dining chairs in steel with leather seat and back pads designed by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent for the Pomidou Centre in Paris, France, 1976. Out...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Michel Cadestin Beaubourg Wire Chair Centre Pompidou
By Michel Cadestin
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beaubourg wire chairs by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent. These chairs were designed in 1976 for the competition to determine which chairs would be used in the Centre Pompidou a...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Beaubourg Chairs by Michel Cadestin for the Pompidou Centre
By Michel Cadestin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural set of steel and leather chairs by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent for the library at the Pompidou Centre. Galvanized steel mesh chairs with original leather seats and...
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Vintage 1950s French Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Michel Cadestin Beaubourg Chair in Galvanized Steel and Brown Leather
By Michel Cadestin
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern wire chair by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent which they developed for the famous Centre Pompidou in Paris. Jean Prouvé himself elected this design for the fam...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Set of Eight Beaubourg Chairs Designed by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent
By Michel Cadestin, Georges Laurent
Located in Stamford, CT
A matched set of eight Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent leather and metal Beaubourg chairs, from the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. These chairs were designed in 1976 for the com...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Beaubourg Chair by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent
By Michel Cadestin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exquisite Pompidou chair designed by Michel Cadestin and Georges Laurent. Great original patina to rich brown leather, wire frame and two leg base. Perfect for a small desk. The Beau...
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Vintage 1950s French Chairs

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Metal