The French metal worker Jean Prouve was a self-taught designer and architect who worked across and combined disciplines with facility. His designs have a fresh and crisp look to them that does nothing to detract from their functionality. Prouve was known to have said, “Never design anything that cannot be made.” His father, Victor Prouve, was an artist himself, a ceramicist who collaborated with Art Nouveau artists Emile Gallé and Louis Majorelle.
He was also a fan of the properties of sheet metal and his modern classic chair, the Prouve Standard Chair (1930; Bo Chair), highlights that with its distinctive fin-shaped, durable rear spine legs constructed from folded sheet metal that give the chair a robust, almost rugged look with a perceived lightness of being to its constructionally efficient design. Connoisseurs enjoy the evident element of architecture present in the chair, an undisputed modern furniture design. The chair is perfectly balanced and showcases Prouve’s intimate knowledge of materials. Prouve eschewed steel tubing which was favoured in the concurrent influential Bauhaus school of design, crafts and fine arts movement. The Prouve Standard chair is a common sight in many design museums all over the world.
Prouve also collaborated with other famous French designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.
Prouve’s Antony Chair (1950; Rico Lounge Chair) is widely regarded as his finest design. Its simplicity is braced by an unconventional construction, making for a stunning piece for the home.
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.