Featured Artists

 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1901, he died in 1984.

An engineer, designer and craftsman, Jean Prouvé was brought up in the artistic environment of the Art Nouveau school of Nancy. One of the most influential designers of the early modern movement, he developed technologies for metal processing to achieve innovative constructions and forms in his work. Prouvé played a decisive part in developing construction techniques using lightweight prefabricated parts in architecture, making use, among other things, of insights from the airplane and automotive industry. A multifaceted designer, he created a diversity of chairs, tables, bookshelves and cabinets, always following the same principle of construction: based on a sketch, a prototype was realized so that every detail was thought to follow a strict process of evaluation. He never designed for the sake of form alone, but to understand instead the essence of materials, their connections and production.