Jean Prouvé, Oeuvre Complète/ Complete Works Volume 3: 1944-1954, Peter Sulzer Birkhäuser-Publishers for Architecture, Basel, 2005, p. 268-269
Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential designers, Jean Prouvé’s prolific career spanned more than sixty years, during which he produced furniture to interior. The highlight of this collection is Prouvé House, the famous 1944 demountable house, which will be simultaneously offered in Sotheby's Hong Kong Evening Sale this season (Lot 1158). Prouvé’s exceedingly efficient structural system reveals the genesis of the demountable houses that were first build in 1944 to rehouse war victims, supported by axial portal frames, rapidly constructed and immediately habitable on the day of assembly. Incorporating materials such as steel and aluminum, his groundbreaking design is not only practically engineered, but also elevated everyday living environment with chic touch of modern aesthetic. Prouvé himself once quoted “never design anything that cannot be made.” A post-war necessity turned icon of mid-century design, Prouvé’s archetypal of his elegant lines are included in the collection, with the iconic Metropole Chair and Cafeteria Table (Lot 567 & 568).
Hauled as the father of what is now called modern architecture, Le Corbusier has both influenced and collaborated with Perriand, Prouve and Jeanneret. His design combines functionalism of the modern movement with sculptural expressionism. Le Corbusier’s Diabolo Standing Lamp (Lot 574) perfectly epitomizes the ambiance and feel of modern furniture and embraces the aesthetic of minimalism. Both as the eminent architects and designers and also working along for Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret dedicated their discipline to providing better living conditions through designs of bold elegance and efficiency. Collection includes legacies of their most celebrated design pieces, Jeanneret's iconic v-legged easy armchairs (Lot 575 & 576) and Perriand's Single Bed (Lot 573).
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