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DESIGN MIAMI. BASEL

Exhibiting for the 18th time at DESIGN MIAMI. BASEL, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN has taken the colour red as a chromatic theme for a selection of furniture, lightings and architectural pieces designed by JEAN PROUVÉ, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and LE CORBUSIER.

Organized into two sections, one side of the booth will show a selection of exceptional pieces by JEAN PROUVÉ, including an elegant Cité armchair, an extremely rare Antony banquette, a sculptural wall-mounted dual-volume unit, and an aluminum awning. Designed in 1930 to furnish the university student residence in Nancy (eastern France), the Cité armchair was the first model to be produced in small series by Ateliers Jean Prouvé. Very modern for its time, this comfortable and elegant armchair is notable for its U-shaped metal frame, ensuring strength and stability. As with the no. 356 lightweight chair – the “Antony chair” – the no. 356 banquette, designed for the communal areas of the university student residence in Antony (Paris area), comprises a metal frame, designed exclusively for the project, made of a large-diameter tubular crosspiece onto which the tubular legs and sheet-metal support brackets are welded. In wood and metal, the wall unit is composed of a bracket structure fitted with a standard sideboard, a smaller unit with glass doors, and a shelf. Fully modular, this remarkable wall-mounted system illustrates all the ingenuity of Jean Prouvé’s “constructive imagination”.

Set above a glass door from the headquarters of the CIMT (Compagnie industrielle de matériel de transport), a Métropole house awning in aluminum and red sheet steel will mark the transition between the booth’s two spaces.

On the other side, the gallery will show a collection of pieces by CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and LE CORBUSIER for the Maison du Brésil in the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, including a notable partition unit. Multifunctional, this double-faced unit is shown with a wooden bed by Charlotte Perriand, alongside a shelving unit, a wall-mounted light and a cube – for use as a stool or a side-table – designed by Le Corbusier. These pieces are arranged to recreate the typical layout of the student rooms of the Maison du Brésil.

In addition to this spectacular monochrome arrangement, an exceptional grouping of pieces by JEAN PROUVÉ will also be exhibited, featuring a S.A.M. no. 506 table and four Métropole no. 305 chairs painted Van Dyck brown, a beautiful Cité no. 456 bed and a large wall-mounted swing-jib lamp.

DESIGN MIAMI. BASEL June 10–16, 2024 Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Switzerland Booth G 12

TEFAF NEW YORK

Exhibiting for the third time at TEFAF New York, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN will present a beautiful selection of furniture and lightings by JEAN PROUVÉ, JEAN ROYÈRE, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and LE CORBUSIER.

Part of the installation will consist of pieces by Jean Royère, including an exceptional Flaque table in wood and straw marquetry, and a rare Croisillon divan.

A perfect illustration of Jean Royère’s work, the Flaque table’s sinuous lines give it a timeless elegance. Its tabletop in straw marquetry is decorated with a subtle star motif, bringing a touch of modernity to this heritage technique passed down from French cabinetmakers of the 18th century. Combining a tubular metal structure with a powerful geometric pattern, the Croisillon sofa is notable for its silvered patina, making it an extremely rare piece. The composition is completed with an extraordinary Ondulation hanging light in oak and metal, and a pair of Hirondelle wall lights.

In a demonstration of Jean Prouvé’s creative diversity, another display will unite Visiteur armchairs with a Guéridon Bas, wall-mounted bookcase, daybed and swing-jib lamp.
Designed in around 1947 in the context of post-War France, the Visiteur FV 11 armchairs are noticeable for their steel tubular structure, broad backrest and oak armrests. Providing a very large seat for optimum comfort, these armchairs are accompanied by a Guéridon Bas designed by Prouvé in around 1959. Fully demountable, this low table is composed of solid oak legs topped with a slab of cathedral glass. Rare in its height and circumference, this coffee table belonged to Nancy photographer Albert Lott (1910–1991), a friend of Jean Prouvé’s.

The Antony bookcase combines the concept of a standard sideboard with that of Charlotte Perriand’s shelves, thereby creating a wall-mounted “cabinet–bookcase”, lightweight and functional. The folded sheet metal is painted in bright colours, selected from the range at Ateliers Jean Prouvé. An example of this bookcase is also held in the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

A beautiful curving sideboard, designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1958, forms the link between the spaces displaying pieces by Jean Royère and those of Jean Prouvé. At once elegant and solid, this piece demonstrates the research conducted by Charlotte Perriand into the technical properties of wood through her “free-form” furniture.

TEFAF NEW YORK
From May 9 to 14, 2024
Park Avenue Armory
New York
Booth 331

Jean Prouvé, Facade panels with portholes

“While composing a structure I’ve never felt that I was developing a technique for architecture. It’s my belief that any structural design is an architectural design. In my mind they are indissociable.”

Jean Prouvé, L’Avenir des structures
Recherche et architecture, No. 16, 1973


A testament to the close relationship between architecture and design, JEAN PROUVÉ’s facade panels are characterized by being lightweight, by enabling a flexibility of composition, and by their finely crafted finish.
Manufactured by ATELIERS JEAN PROUVÉ until 1953, these architectural components are designed to be incorporated into prefabricated constructions and quickly assembled on site. Forming the link between the interior and the exterior, they can also be equipped with elements to enhance comfort, such as ventilation systems or porthole windows.

Convinced of their potential on the building components market, Jean Prouvé included his panels in a catalogue of standard models from 1936 on, envisaging mass production for a variety of applications. Initially made in wood and steel, it was in aluminum that hopes for a real industrial production lay. With his Maxéville workshops, Jean Prouvé embarked on an ambitious project to transform the construction process for buildings, replacing artisanal construction with an industrial process.


ALUMINUM PANEL WITH PORTHOLES
FROM A METROPOLE HOUSE, 1950

Developed in 1949 for the prototype of the Tropique house, the porthole panel was used as one of the main construction components for the so-called Métropole houses designed in the same year. Entirely prefabricated with a steel structure and aluminum body, a few examples of these houses were initially produced by hand in Maxéville.

“Individual, lightweight and dynamic”, the Métropole house was characterized by the quality of its construction
elements, among which were the porthole panels. Once assembled, they are noteworthy in their isothermal and acoustic efficiency. The transition between inside and outside is managed by the addition of the portholes to admit daylight.

In 1950, despite the public’s enthusiastic reception at the Salon des Arts Ménagers not resulting in a single order,
the government’s proposal to show one or several examples of the Métropole house at the “Synthèse des Arts Majeurs” exhibition initiated by Le Corbusier, says a lot about the very special place this production was to hold in the history of modern architecture.


WOOD AND ALUMINUM PANEL WITH PORTHOLES
FROM THE BOUQUEVAL SCHOOL, 1950

Characterized by a lack of infrastructure, from schools to hospitals, via housing, the period of post-War reconstruction gave rise to the creation of a range of prefabricated architecture incorporating facade panels.
Taking part in a competition organized by the ministry of Education in 1949, Jean Prouvé designed a rural school whose components could be mass produced.
The constructor saw this brief as an opportunity to initiate a process of industrial production of economical constructions, suitable for several types of application.

In 1950, the government commissioned two prototype ensembles, one in Bouqueval in the Paris area, the other in Vantoux near Metz in eastern France. This commission enabled Jean Prouvé to perfect a previously developed process that had already proved its worth: a metal framework with axial portal frames, combined with different types of facade panels clad in aluminum.

Despite the success of the demonstration, these two schools remained the only examples ever made of the mass production so ardently hoped for by Jean Prouvé.


In their ingenious constructive system and the resulting aesthetic simplicity, the facade panels are historic pieces.
Epitomizing the visionary and resolutely modern mind of the ‘constructor’, they blend elegantly into contemporary interiors, where they take on a sculptural dimension.

DESIGN MIAMI/ – COME SEE US!

December 5 – 10, 2023
Convention Center Drive & 19th Street
Miami Beach, USA
Booth G01

We are pleased to be back at Design Miami/ for its 19th edition starting tomorrow December 5!

In an elegantly designed installation, the gallery will exhibit a selection of exceptional pieces by JEAN PROUVÉ, including a rare S.A.M. Tropique no. 503 table from Cameroon and an all-aluminum porthole panel from a Metropole house.

A living room will be set up with a pair of armless easy chairs by PIERRE JEANNERET, a Forme Libre low table by CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and a SCAL no. 450 bed with swiveling tablet a.k.a. Antony bed by JEAN PROUVÉ and Charlotte Perriand.

Two monochromatic Bridge FB 11 armchairs, distinguishable by their vibrant red color, will accompany a S.A.M. no. 506 table from Brazzaville Congo (Africa).
Ordered from JEAN PROUVÉ to furnish the Air France building destined to house the company’s European personnel, this demountable dining table is finished with a tabletop in African wood.

The axial portal frame a.k.a. “Compas”, from the F 8X8 BCC demountable house designed by JEAN PROUVÉ and PIERRE JEANNERET, will be used as the guideline in conducting this exhibition. A model of this pavilion, a selection of contemporary photographs and historical drawings will highlight the ‘constructive imagination’ of Jean Prouvé.

Jean Prouvé, S.A.M. tropique no. 503 table, 1951

Derived from the prewar prototype, the metal version of the dining table base was finalized in 1951. This was a demountable model, as evidenced by the protrusion of the cap-ends where the crossmember frame meets the brace connecting the bent steel legs. This base was attached to the crosspieces of the upper frame with brackets and screws. Except for the rounded outer edge of the legs, the profiles and proportions are similar to those of the S.A.M. no. 502 wooden table.
Of the options for the top, the most frequent was plain or imitation-granite bent sheet aluminum, set on a steel support structure comprising four U-traverses. The metal parts of this model—S.A.M. Tropique no. 503—were often lacquered with contrasting colors. 90 examples were made in 1951 and around 15 still exist.

 

Design Miami/ Paris & Paris + par Art Basel

DESIGN MIAMI/ PARIS
DESIGN AT LARGE
October 17 – 22, 2023
Hôtel de Maisons
51 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris

For the 1st edition of Design Miami/ Paris, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN will present a selection of JEAN PROUVÉ‘s furniture, among the most emblematic of his designs.

Among the pieces on display in the Hôtel de Maisons will feature a rare Présidence desk and a sculptural Direction no. 353 swivel office chair. An exceptional set from the same provenance, comprising an S.A.M. no. 506 table and its four Métropole no. 305 chairs – in Van Dyck brown lacquered metal – will also be shown.

A 6×6 demountable house, designed by Jean Prouvé in 1944, will also be exhibited in the gardens of the mansion as part of the Design At Large program.

 

PARIS + par ART BASEL
PROGRAMME PUBLIC
October 17 – November 6, 2023
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

For the 2nd edition of Paris + par Art Basel, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN will inaugurate the Public Program and show the BCC demountable house, designed by JEAN PROUVÉ and PIERRE JEANNERET in 1941.

Produced in only a few examples between 1941 and 1943, the F 8X8 BCC house exemplifies an “all-wood” architecture, based on the axial portal frame construction system patented by Jean Prouvé in 1939. A product of Prouvé and Jeanneret’s powerful complementarity, this project is the result of the inventiveness of the two ‘esprits nouveaux’.

Further information to come.

Power Station of Art, Shanghai

GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN has been invited to lend a selection of furniture and architecture by JEAN PROUVÉ as part of the exhibition Paris Moderne 1914-1945: Architecture, Design, Film, Fashion, at the Power Station of Art.

 

Focused on Paris during the Golden Age, this retrospective showcases more than 300 pieces which illustrate thirty years of ingenuity. At this occasion, the gallery’s contributions are a 6 x 6 demountable house, three ‘Compas’ architectural elements and five chairs all conceived by Jean Prouvé, “constructor” of visionary genius and resolutely modern.

 

© Power Station of Art

 

This exhibition has been curated by the renowned architect and architecture historian Jean-Louis Cohen, who passed away on August 7th, 2023. Architecture lover, he shared his knowledge through classes, books and exhibitions. We pay tribute to him today and salute these achievements.

 

© Ekaterina Izmetieva

 

The gallery collaborated with Jean Louis Cohen on numerous occasions including the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, when he was the curator of the French pavilion. In the exhibition, entitled ‘Fundamentals’, the gallery presented a representative selection of architectural elements by Jean Prouvé.

 

© Luc Boegly