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Jean Prouvé Architecture

Key Buildings + Designs – Information + Images for this 20th Century French architectural designers

post updated 11 Apr 2021

Jean Prouvé – Key Projects

Famous for innovative prefabricated houses, many located in France

Prefabricated tropical houses for French Colonies – ‘La Maison Tropicale’ buildings

Jean Prouvé. The Poetics of the Technical Object
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 23 Sep 2006 – 28 Jan 2007

Maison Tropicale Reconstruction – Design Museum Exhibition London, England, UK
Date: 2008
Maison Tropicale London by Jean Prouvé Architect
photo © Luke Hayes
Maison Tropicale adjacent to the Tate Modern art gallery building.

Maison du Peuple, Clichy, France
Dates built: 1935-39
Maison du Peuple
Centre Pompidou, Paris, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Fonds Jean Prouvé © VG Bildkunst, Bonn
In 1917, the Russian writer Viktor Shklovsky described the need for poets and artists to ‘make strange’, to interrupt our familiarity with language and form and thereby encourage us to perceive ordinary relationships anew. Made twenty years later as the joint effort of two architects, a highly inventive metal fabricator, an aviation engineer and an enlightened mayor, the “Maison du Peuple at Clichy suggests this same will to question familiar constructions, but this time by means of a building.

Jean Prouvé in front of his house
Date built: [ca. 1955]
Jean Prouvé
The Prouvé family © VG Bildkunst, Bonn

Chair in Metal and Wood No. 305
Date: 1951
Jean Prouve Chair
Collection Vitra Design Museum © VG Bildkunst, Bonn

Table for the Triennale di Milano
Date: 1951 (model 1949-50)
Jean Prouve Table
Collection Vitra Design Museum © VG Bildkunst, Bonn

Furniture Catalogue of the Ateliers Jean Prouve
Date: 1951
Jean Prouve Furniture
Collection Vitra Design Museum © VG Bildkunst, Bonn

Armchair Cité
Date: 1931-32
Armchair Cité
Collection Vitra Design Museum © VG Bildkunst, Bonn

Images + Information from Design Museum London 080208

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Jean Prouvé – Key Buildings

Jean Prouvé Designs, chronological:

Nobel Tower, La Défense, Paris, France
Date built: 1967

House Sahara
Date built: 1958

Pump Room of Cachat spring, Evian, France
Date built: 1956

Pavilion for aluminium centenary, Paris, France
Date built: 1954

Maison Métropole (aka Metropole House)
Dates built: 1951-52

Mame Printing Works, Tours, France
Date built: 1950

Maison Tropicale (aka Tropical House)
Date built: 1949

Maison du Peuple, Clichy, France
Dates built: 1935-39

Location: Paris, France, western Europe

20th Century French Designer Information

Former French architect

Modern Architects

Jean at the CNAM, Paris (1964)
Jean Prouvé architect
photo by E. Remondino. Private Collection © VG Bildkunst, Bonn

Paris Architects

Jean (1901-84) was a French metal worker, self-taught architect and designer. He was born in Paris and his family belonged to a lively artistic circle. He is also designated as “constructor”. His main achievement was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture, without losing aesthetic qualities. His design skills were not limited to one discipline. During his career he was involved in architectural design, industrial design, structural design and furniture design. He grew up surrounded by the ideals and energy of “l’École de Nancy,” the art collective to which his father belonged.
source: wikipedia

Architectural Design

Modern Architecture
Modern French building
building image © Karavan

Paris Architecture

Contemporary Architects

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