Jean Prouvé, ‘"Compas" cafeteria table, model no. 512’, ca. 1953, Phillips

A document from the Ateliers Jean Prouvé (reproduced in Sulzer, vol. 3, p. 269) indicates that the present example, at 1,800 mm, was the longest version of the no. 512 table. The tables could measure from 600 to 1,800 mm long and from 600 to 1,000 mm wide.

Manufacturer: Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France

Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète/Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 268-69 for an image and drawings

Philippe Jousse, Paris, late 1980s
DeLorenzo 1950, New York
Julianne Moore, New York
Private collection, New York

About Jean Prouvé

Inspired by avant-garde architects and his idea of design as a moral issue, influential 20th-century designer, architect, engineer, and teacher Jean Prouvé played a major role in the development of systems for mass production in the postwar Modernist period. From his beginnings as a blacksmith's apprentice, he gained an understanding of metal and its limitations, driving him to seek new materials and processes like steel, aluminum, and arc welding, producing prefabricated houses, building components, and furniture for the social sector.

French, 1901-1984