Galerie Patrick Seguin is thrilled to announce the opening of “JEAN PROUVÉ: CONSTRUCTIVE IMAGINATION”, an exhibition co-curated by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Tamotsu Yagi Design at the MOT museum, Tokyo.
Organized thematically, the exhibition will feature over a hundred pieces of emblematic furniture and architectural works along with archival material. It will gather pieces from the collections of Yusaku Maezawa, Patrick Seguin and Tamotsu Yagi and of the Prouvé family.
From July 16th to October 16th, 2022
MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-chōme-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan
For the sixteenth edition of DesignMiami/ Basel, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN is delighted to present a selection of JEAN PROUVÉ’s projects of demountable architecture, including the iconic 1948 Croismare Ecole de verrerie (school of glassmaking).
In 1937, encouraged by new measures taken by the French Government in favor of holidays for the working classes, Jean Prouvé boldly launched himself into the market of small, prefabricated leisure constructions, lightweight and movable. Thus ensued numerous architectural projects such as the BCC demountable house (1941), the 6×6, 6×9 and 8×8 demountable houses (1944), the Croismare training centre (1948), the Bouqueval school (1950), and the Better Days house (1956).
Thanks to their adaptability and their creator’s powers of anticipation, Jean Prouvé’s buildings and architectural elements, which were mostly designed to be temporary, mobile or modular, are just as relevant today as models of sustainable building.
The creation of the Croismare training centre, whose school is partially reconstructed for DesignMiami/ Basel, was instigated by glassmaker Paul Daum and carried out by the Glassmakers’ Union in order to ensure the future of the industry by training a quality workforce.
This building is the most imposing central portal frame realisation ever produced by the Ateliers Jean Prouvé.
The 255m2 (2745 sq. ft.) building numbers seven central portal frames, over 3 meters high, and two external walkways that derive their elegance from the slenderness of the tubular portal frames.The facade panels, solid or glazed, give rhythm and contrast.The monumental entrance canopy in folded sheet steel is an autonomous module supported by two struts, key elements in Prouvé’s work.
The Croismare school is one of the finest examples of Jean Prouvé’s constructive thinking and unites in a single project all the fundamental principles of his buildings.
The reconstruction will include the impressive canopy, the glazed double entrance door, as well as four majestic portal frames, which will stand proud. This installation is completed by an information wall presenting nine other constructions by Jean Prouvé, as well as iconic pieces of his furniture.
GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN is delighted to be exhibiting a fine selection of furniture by JEAN PROUVÉ and CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
In a post-war context of change and reconstruction, Air France began its conquest of air transport and in 1951 the Paris–Brazzaville route was inaugurated. With modernity as its keyword, the company called upon Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, then at the height of their powers, to design the interiors of its residence in Brazzaville.
Completed in 1952, the red building which was meant as housing for European Air France staff, was an outstanding example of architecture for a tropical environment. Natural ventilation and orientation according to the prevailing winds guaranteed constant coolness for the occupants, while Jean Prouvé’s sun-shutters brought shade in a country where temperatures reach record highs.
The installation will comprise two very rare Jean Prouvé S.A.M. tables as well as two exceptional demountable Cafétéria chairs, an iconic swing-jib lamp, two elegant cupboards featuring a diamond point motif and rare colour range, as well as a sleek Guéridon. One of the three exceptional no. 507 tables by Charlotte Perriand will round off the presentation.
These are iconic examples of the oeuvres of Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand. Comfortable, robust and functional, some of the pieces are displayed here in their modular state. Most of Jean Prouvé’s works were designed to be dismantled; less bulky and easier to transport, they were perfect for shipping by plane from the Ateliers Jean Prouvé straight to Africa. All the wooden furniture items are distinctively rendered in such local species as kambala (iron wood).
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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND used to select her wood according to the project and what was available from her carpenter, who would season the wood for more than ten years before use.
The table top is left unpainted in order to bring out the grain of the wood, to fully express the material and bring a bit of the natural world into the home.
Perriand designed numerous coffee tables – free form, rectangular, square and here, round.
Perriand’s designs have a powerful identity and this coffee table is no exception. Its simple form is a timeless classic among her creations.
On the occasion of DESIGN MIAMI/ PODIUM X SHANGHAI/, Galerie Patrick Seguin presents a fine selection of works by JEAN PROUVÉ.
This first collectible design event in Asia, coinciding with Shanghai ArtWeek, will take place within the beautiful No. 1 Waitanyuan venue.
Under the direction of locally based Curatorial Director Aric Chen working in tandem with Deputy Curator Violet Ruhui Wang, our Shanghai debut will explore the theme of Wu Gan: The Art of Design. Including rare and exceptional 20th-century and contemporary design and art, the exhibition will highlight the connection between objects and environments and the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual experiences they impart.
According to Chen, “Throughout most of Chinese history, little distinction was made between what we now consider to be the separate fields of art and design. It was only with the Industrial Revolution in the West that design became conflated with mass production, form, and function—a constraining definition that has once again expanded in recent decades, alongside definitions of art. By underscoring the narratives, processes, and ideologies.
No. 1 Wai Tan Yuan
No. 33 Zhongshandongyi Road, Bund 33
This Thursday, 21 October, Paris’ Pavillon de l’Arsenal gallery opens ‘L’Empreinte de l’Habitat’ (‘Housing footprint), an exhibition of a hundred years of architectural projects, among which are some that owe their reputation to the architects’ understanding of how to take into consideration the impact of their creations on the surrounding environment.
Among the great architects highlighted in this exhibition, JEAN PROUVÉ and PIERRE JEANNERET are represented, thanks to the participation of Galerie Patrick Seguin, by the 1942 BCC demountable house, archetype par excellence of the different architectural experimentations in lightweight structures in industrialized countries.
Carbon imprint, diminishing quantities of natural resources, and limited space, were all considerations that Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret managed to incorporate at the heart of their continuous research to improve their constructive systems.
Between 1941 and 1943, limited availability of steel led Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret to respond to the demand for housing with a version made primarily in wood. The use of the axial portal frame, designed by Jean Prouvé in 1938, allowed for great freedom in spatial organization within the structure by freeing the home of predefined partitions. This ingenuity made it possible to optimize the use of a material by changing the way an existing technology was exploited.
The BCC demountable house designed in 1942 by Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret holds an important place in the quest for lightweight and modularity in the new ideal of housing between the 1920s and the 2020s.