Jean Prouvé, School Desk, 1951
This is an important double school desk type ‘Compass’ No.850 designed by Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) for Ateliers Jean Prouvé in 1951. This is industrial design at its best, involving a rectangular wooden desk top, with magazine shelf below rests on 4 bent steel feet which support the top and a tubular frame where 2 small chairs rest on. The designs by Jean Prouvé have been, and still are, copied across the globe, which tells enough about the importance of his career. This desk is completely original and in great used condition. This is a very rare collectible piece and a true must-have for an Industrial design lover/collector.
Jean Prouvé was born in Nancy, France in 1901, where he died in 1984. He is widely acknowledged as one of the twentieth century's most important and influential designers and always regarded himself as more of an engineer and constructor instead of a modern designer. He never designed for the sake of form alone, concentrating instead on the essence of materials, connections and production. Jean Prouvé strove for the most constructionally and materially efficient designs, with such classic end results such as this double school desk. Utilizing his innovative method of folding sheet metal, Jean Prouve designed a series of tables that have the perceived lightness of bridges and the presence of architecture.
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