Jean Prouvé, ‘"Standard desk"’, Designed in 1942, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
Jean Prouvé designed the “Standard desk” to accommodate standard-format drawers and hanging files, the configuration of which could be interchanged on either side of the folded sheet steel base.
Courtesy of Phillips

Manufacturer: Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 385, pp. 166-167 (illustrated)

Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 2: 1934-1944, Basel, 2000, pp. 289-90 for similar examples from the series

Gallery – SIGN, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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