Jean Prouvé, ‘Two "Semi-metal" chairs, model no. 305’, 1950-1969, Phillips

Property from a Private Collection, London

Each approximately: 32 x 16 1/4 x 18 in. (81.3 x 41.3 x 45.7 cm)

Manufacturer: Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé

Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 208-11, 268, for images and technical drawings
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 234, 266-69 for images and a technical drawing

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