On the occasion of the FIAC and its Hors Les Murs program, STUDIO PROUVÉ gives the floor to an emerging generation of architects, engineers and critics in order to consider the relationship between space and design techniques, processes of fabrication, structures and methods of implementation.
Patrick Seguin, the charismatic French gallery owner, is somewhat of an anomaly in the world of art and design: neither fish nor fowl; someone who defies categorization and surprises at every turn. Known to some as a dealer in French architects and to others as a contemporary art collector, Seguin is, to put it simply, excited about a lot of things and wants to share them all with as many people as possible. As various projects of his take shape across the globe this autumn, AD PRO caught up with the multi-hyphenate dealer in his 17th-century Parisian home to talk collecting, the genius of Jean Prouvé, and why friends are important…
Among the elements of architecture, the gallery will present the exceptional sliding door from the Pavillon du Centenaire de l’Aluminium. Already well-known for his work in prefabrication, Jean Prouvé was called to design a building that would accentuate aluminum’s rich and innovative qualities at a time when it was still a relatively unknown material. To fulfill the commission, Prouvé created a structure that was astonishingly light for its immense size. Composed of glass and aluminum, the Pavillon was assembled on the banks of the river Seine in Paris in 1954 and then was reinstalled in the northern city of Lille in 1956, where it would stay until 1998.
The gallery will also participate in Design at Large with a harmony of different facade panels by Jean Prouvé spanning multiple decades, selected in organization with curator François Halard’s vision of calling to mind the questions pertaining to the relationship between design and time.
In 2015, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners adapted a Jean Prouvé 6×6 Demountable House, 1944, designed for the victims of World War II in the Lorraine region. While preserving the integrity of the original structure, Richard Rogers and his team have added electricity, hot water, kitchen and bathroom. These new elements are flexible and demountable, in keeping with the spirit of Prouvé’s ideas. This project gives new life to the Prouvé demountable house in rendering it completely autonomous and creating an archetype of the ideal nomadic home.
Jean Prouvé is widely recognised as one of the defining architects and designers of the 20th century, but for Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers he played a pivotal role in their careers. As president of the jury of the Centre Pompidou project, Prouvé was instrumental in giving Piano and Rogers their first major project, a project which has become an icon of architecture worldwide.
At Château La Coste, there is an opportunity to visit the Rogers – Prouvé house exhibited inside the pavillion designed by Renzo Piano.
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Jean Prouvé is recognized as one of the twentieth century’s pioneers in innovative production of furniture and architecture.
This new 764-page publication that is both didactic and thorough presents his body of work in detail,
featuring both his furniture and his architecture. The two volumes comprise texts, interviews and historical information illustrated with contemporary images, previously unseen plans and numerous archival photographs.
The publication presents an overall view of the constructor and his avant-garde and humanist spirit.