The French architect and designer Jean Prouvé brought technical sensitivity to his design work. He is famous for saying, “Never design something that cannot be made.” And unsurprisingly, his work is an exercise in the practicality he advocates, but they are amazingly creative in their simplicity, too. Prouvé began making metal furniture in the 1920s and worked with great French designers such as Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His architectural work has inspired architects such as Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, and his furnishings fetch high prices on the auction market.
Since 2002, the Swiss furniture company Vitra has reissued core pieces of Prouvé furniture. In 2011, fashion brand G-Star Raw worked with Vitra (with the blessing of the Prouvé family) to create furniture for Rem Koolhaas and the headquarters in Amsterdam designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The collection includes 11 pieces that have been reissued and adapted for life in the 21st century. And in addition to denim, G-Star is just starting to sell the pieces, as is Vitra. But don’t shiver! If you are a mid-century lover, the Prouvé RAW Office Edition furniture and lighting will only be available until the end of 2016.
The color palette of the collection, called the Prouvé Raw Office Edition, is intended to be reminiscent of classic machines – an allusion to Prouvé’s industrial aesthetics. Shown here, one of our designer’s favorites, the classic Potence light.
Armchair Direction Pivotant
Lamp de Bureau