Simultaneously industrial and elegant, Jean Prouvé's 1950's Antony chair was designed, like much of his furniture, for use in the public sector, in this case, the Cité Universitaire at Antony, near Paris. Its minimalistic, curved plywood seat is available with an oak, ash, walnut, cherry or rosewood veneer – place it where its interesting profile and rear view can be appreciated as mush as its front.
Designed in 1954, the plywood and steel structure was first viewed as odd at the time because compared to other steel framed seats at the time, this one looked very different. However, the chair soon became popular because of its comfortable seat and strong support.
Jean Prouvé was born in Nancy, France. His father Victor Prouvé, belonged to an art collective which included the great Art Nouveau artists Emile Galle and Louis Majorelle. Prouvé himself was first trained as a blacksmith before attending engineering school in Nancy. His great knowledge of metal became the foundation of his work and career. In 1923 he opened his first workshop in Nancy, this would soon became one out of many.
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