Chaise Tout Bois
Jean Prouvé, 1941
The Standard chair (1934/50) by Jean Prouvé illustrates the flow of forces in the shape and construction of its legs and comes in three variants: the classic version with a wooden seat and back, the model Standard SP in ASA plastic, and the Chaise Tout Bois made of veneer and solid wood.
Back and seat, veneer (Chaise Tout Bois)
Wooden base, solid wood (Chaise Tout Bois)
- Seat and backrest: moulded plywood veneer in natural or dark-stained oak, protective natural lacquer finish.
- Base: non-stackable solid wood base; same type of wood as backrest and seat in natural or dark-stained oak, protective natural lacquer finish.
- Origin of wood: solid oak (Quercus robur) from Croatia, veneer wood from the USA.
Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the weight of the user's upper body. The engineer and designer Jean Prouvé illustrated this simple insight in his distinctive design for the Standard chair: while steel tubing suffices for the front legs, since they bear a relatively light load, the back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections that transfer the primary stress to the floor. Standard is offered with a seat and backrest in wood or as the model Standard SP in ASA plastic. In addition, there is the all-wood Chaise Tout Bois, whose design is very similar to the Standard chair. During World War II, Jean Prouvé responded to the limited supply of metal with a version made entirely out of veneer and solid wood.
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Jean Prouvé, who regarded himself as an engineer throughout his lifetime, was both the designer and manufacturer of his product ideas. His unique oeuvre, ranging from a letter opener to door and window fittings, from lighting and furniture to prefabricated houses and modular building systems, encompasses almost anything that is suited to industrial production and construction.
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