From June 13th to 18th, during DesignMiami/Basel, Galerie Patrick Seguin is pleased to present the Jean Prouvé 6x9 Demountable House arranged with a selection of furniture by Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.
First built in 1944 to rehouse war victims in Lorraine, these houses survived the postwar period in very limited numbers. Doubly involved in regeneration of the region –as a native of Nancy and a builder of genius– Jean Prouvé won an order for emergency housing from the Ministry of Reconstruction and Town Planning. Readily transported and dismantled, his “shacks” made entirely of wood and metal (of which the latter was in very short supply) were a real architectural coup. The components were shipped directly to bomb-devastated villages, where they could be assembled on site in a day by three people, enabling the homeless to stay on. Unfortunately, the shortage of materials and funding together with official emphasis on the need for permanent housing meant that production of these transitional dwellings never passed beyond the limited series stage. Founded in 1989, Galerie Patrick Seguin has brought the talents of French designers such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère into the spotlight. Simultaneously, the gallery has equally devoted itself to the promotion of Jean Prouvé’s demountable architecture through international exhibitions, in particular by presenting these works at fairs including DesignMiami/ Basel.