Jean Prouvé Maison Demountable at Galerie Patrick Seguin

Design Miami/
Dec 8, 2013 7:52PM

Jean Prouvé was a pioneering and self-taught designer and architect who altered the course of furniture and building production. A man of supreme technical acumen, he also pushed the various disciplines he worked within to have a greater humanistic agenda. Galerie Patrick Seguin is showing an iconic work by Prouvé, the Maison Demountable, here at Design Miami/ 2013. 

Prouvé came to architecture indirectly, nearly by accident. A metalworker and creator of individual housing components, he started to realize the possibility of introducing manufacturing processes into architecture in the 1930s. After the destruction of World War II, the need for quick, easily-assembled, and affordable housing was severe; Prouvé was one of the first to develop pre-fabricated buildings to meet this need. 

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