The engineer and designer Jean Prouvé produced his creations in his own workshop in Nancy. This enabled him to easily implement customer requests and changes to the products. Numerous variations of Prouvé's most successful designs were therefore developed over the years. This is the case with Chair Standard, which was fabricated in diverse versions for different interior design projects.
With one of these variants, the Standard SR (siège rembourré), the chair has an upholstered seat and backrest. The design of Standard SR illustrates the static weight loads at play in a manner that typifies the work of Prouvé: while slim steel tubing is used for the front legs as they bear a relatively light load, the chair's back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections. The lightly padded cushion is carefully integrated into the structure of Standard SR, enhancing the seating comfort. The fabric cover is available in numerous colours and the chair base also comes in a choice of hues.
Standard is also available in the classic version with seat and backrest in wood or as the Standard SP model with seat and backrest in robust plastic.
Seat and backrest: polyurethane foam cushion with fabric cover.
Base: bent sheet steel and tubular steel, powder-coated (smooth).
Glides: glides for carpet or felt glides for hard floors.
Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the weight of the user's upper body. The engineer, architect and designer Jean Prouvé incorporated this simple insight in his design for the Standard Chair: while steel tubing suffices for the front legs, since they are subject to less stress, the back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections that transfer the primary weight to the floor.
Standard comes in a classic version with seat and back in wood or in the models Standard SP…
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.