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In 1934 Jean Prouvé introduced the first model of his Standard chair, which he named Chair No. 4 in reference to the three prototypes that preceded it. Deceptively simple in appearance, the Standard chair was the outcome of years of experimentation and effort.

The genius of Jean Prouvé’s designs lies in its focus on function and its bold, stripped-back execution. At Vitra we regard Prouvé as one of the greatest ‘constructeurs’ of the twentieth century. Based on extensive analysis of the historical models in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum, our contemporary re-editions are developed with respect for Prouvé’s original vision, down to the smallest of details.


When structure determines design. Not the other way around.

© Vitra Design Museum; © Fonds Jean Prouvé at the Archives départementales de Meurthe-et-Moselle

The French designer, architect and engineer Jean Prouvé created the Standard Chair in 1934. Deceptively simple in appearance, Prouvé’s Standard chair was the outcome of years of experimentation and effort.

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