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TEFAF NEW YORK – May 11 – 16, 2023

For the eighth edition of TEFAF New York, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN will show a selection of pieces by JEAN PROUVÉ, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and PIERRE JEANNERET, key figures of 20th-century architecture and design.

The gallery will exhibit a selection of iconic furniture, lighting and architectural pieces by JEAN PROUVÉ, “constructor” of visionary genius and resolutely modern.

Believing that “there is no difference between the construction of a piece of furniture and a building”, Jean Prouvé developed a “constructive idea” based on a rationale of fabrication and functionality that generated a clean aesthetic. This avant-garde thinking, coupled with humanitarian preoccupations and the notable innovative qualities that marked his work as a whole, continues to demonstrate their timeless modernity.

In particular, this exhibition will include a very rare rolling step-ladder made for the BNP Paribas bank vaults in Paris – of which an example is held in the collection of the Centre Pompidou; an exceptional lighting ramp made for the Social Security offices in Le Mans and produced in only 12 copies; a façade panel with portholes of contrasting-colored surfaces from one of the two “Maisons Tropicales” in Brazzaville (Congo), icons of modernist architecture; a panel with portholes from a “Metropole” house, characteristic of Prouvé’s functional approach to design; an ultra-rare sideboard characterized by its smaller size; and a large, very sleek swing-jib lamp.

A perfect blend of simplicity and elegance, a sofa and two fireside chairs designed by PIERRE JEANNERET for the High Court and the University of Punjab in Chandigarh (India); and majestic bookshelves by CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, a one-off piece commissioned to Editions Steph Simon in 1959, complete the setting.

TEFAF New York Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065
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Welcome to our new Youtube channel!

GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new Youtube channel!

With this initiative, Galerie Patrick Seguin continues its rigorous work to promote JEAN PROUVÉ’s oeuvre, both his dismountable houses and his furniture: as of today, the gallery has assembled the most important collection of these small pieces of architecture, which for the most part are either unique examples or were produced in very few numbers. Benefiting from the same constructive principles than those applied to his furniture, Jean Prouvé’s structures, produced from the 1930s, are assembled and articulated by clever mechanisms, allowing the furniture as well as the buildings to be easily modified, disassembled, and moved: here’s a great opportunity to admire the assembly and disassembly of these unique houses in fast motion.

You will find animatics, made with the help of photos and original plans, allowing to apprehend in detail these real performances of transportable and dismountable architectures, like the 6×6 Demountable Houses for the WWII disaster victims realized from 1944 and rare survivors of the post-war period; or the “adaptation” of the building housing the Ferembal‘s offices (Nancy, 1948), carried out in 2010 by architect Jean Nouvel at the request of the gallery, which testifies to the lasting relevance of the method.

Immerse yourself in the practice of this pioneer in the innovative production of the twentieth century, by listening to the series in 11 episodes, “Jean Prouvé’s philosophy“, consisting of excerpts of interviews and images from the film “L’architecte et son temps” (The architect and his time) by J.M. Leuwen, H. Damisch & S. Faure (1973) and France Culture’s “La Grande Table, Retour sur l’œuvre de Jean Prouvé” (2012); or, watching a full interview with Mark Wigley, architect and author, conducted as part of the exhibition “Jean Prouvé Architect for Better Days” at the LUMA Foundation (Arles, France) in 2017-2018.

Archival images, contemporary shots of architecture, furniture and exhibitions are waiting for you: Subscribe to our Youtube channel to not miss anything!

JEAN PROUVÉ: Constructive Imagination

The GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN is pleased to announce the one-off sale via its e-shop of 100 copies of the catalog JEAN PROUVÉ: Constructive Imagination published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (July 16 to October 16, 2022).

100 copies of this bilingual publication (English/Japanese) are now available exclusively on our e-shop for 55 euros !

Organized thematically, the exhibition curated by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Yagi Design Studio featured over a hundred pieces of the designer’s emblematic furniture and architectural works, along with archival material. It gathered pieces from the collections of Yusaku Maezawa, Patrick Seguin, Tamotsu Yagi and of the Prouvé family.

Illustrated with numerous exhibition views and archival images, this publication looks back at the exhibition and the work of JEAN PROUVÉ. It provides a comprehensive introduction to Prouvé’s work by introducing his original works, drawings, and other materials that still remain today.

Introduced by a preface by Patrick Seguin, this catalog is accompanied by five unpublished texts written by Reiko Hayama (former staff of Ateliers Jean Prouvé), Naho Tamura (Designer based in NY), Mitsuhiro Kanada (Structural Engineer, ARUP Tokyo, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts), Tamotsu Yagi and Juliet Kinchin (Former Curator of MoMA, Department of Architecture and Design).

DesignMiami/ 2022

Participating in DesignMiami/ for the sixteenth time, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN has presented a selection of iconic designs from leading figures of 20th-century design and decorative arts, namely JEAN PROUVÉ, JEAN ROYÈRE, PIERRE JEANNERET, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and LE CORBUSIER.

In an elegant display, the gallery exhibited furniture and lighting by Jean Royère, in particular a rare and exquisite Tour Eiffel coffee table and a pair of ravishing Œuf armchairs, testimony to the great creativity of their designer and of the elegance and poetry of his world.

Conversely, concerned with the rationality between form and function and removing any superfluous detail, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret gave birth to modern furniture and architecture in a prelude to the new ways of living that became widespread at the beginning of the 1950s.

Thus, the clean lines of Charlotte Perriand’s extraordinary bookshelves, or her surprising, four-metre-long wall-hung cabinet, illustrate this new spirit in their elegant simplicity. In the same way, the furniture designed by Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh, such as the imposing illuminated library table, or Jean Prouvé’s now iconic Métropole chairs, attest to the absolute modernity of these creations.

Polyvalent creative genius, Jean Prouvé was also at the origin of numerous projects of demountable architecture. One of these, the Maxéville design office, developed in 1948, was also shown. The installation enabled visitors to immerse themselves in this unique, avant-garde building.


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