In 1930, the city of Nancy decided to build a university campus. This ambitious project was entrusted to a young local architect named Jean Bourgon. The latter gathered local artists and craftsmen to embody his idea of modernity. Jean Prouvé furnished 50 out of the 360 rooms built for future students. He conceived an interior design made of a metallic bed, a table desk, a chair, a shelf and an armchair called Cité.
This armchair marked a turning point in Jean Prouvé’s carrier. Jean Prouvé designed a frame that was rigid and light at the same time, with leather straps inserted in the tilted open mounts that form the armrests. In one-piece, the back and the seat are covered with fabric. For more comfort, a screw allows for fabric tension adjustment. This iconic piece was one of the artist’s favorites and he also displayed it in his own home.
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