Steel & Sheet steel
Steel is a very robust material that enables extremely stable and comparatively lightweight constructions, particularly when used as sheet metal formed into hollow parts. With 500 million tonnes per year, steel is the most recycled industrial material in the world; it has a recycling rate of 70%, and in some applications even well over 90%.

At Vitra, steel plays a major role, especially in products by Jean Prouvé. The French engineer and designer, who originally trained as a metal artisan, employed sophisticated sheet metal bending machines in his factory. During his career, he designed various sheet steel constructions – for example, the hollow rear legs of his legendary Standard chair, his architectural prefabricated house elements and even small objects such as the Lampe de Bureau.

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