Jean Prouvé, ‘Pair of two-seater lecture hall armchairs, designed for the Faculté de Lettres, Université de Besançon’, 1952-1956, Phillips

Each: 84.5 x 114.5 x 53 cm (33 1/4 x 45 1/8 x 20 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy and editioned by Steph Simon, Paris, France.

Galeries Jousse Seguin and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 62-63 for images and a Steph Simon prospectus
Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 252
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 1, Paris, 2017, pp. 240-41, 247

Faculté de Lettres, Université de Besançon, Besançon, France

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