Vitra Sessions Prouvé

Join the digital event on 20 October and the follow-up sessions at your closest Vitra showroom and selected Vitra retail partners.

In changing times, such as those of the past two years, the demands we make of our homes and furniture can adapt and vary. No one understood this better than French ‘constructeur’, architect and designer Jean Prouvé. Born in 1901, Prouvé lived through two world wars and responded to the challenges of his era by developing a new ‘constructional philosophy’. Based on the principle of rational fabrication, he designed hard-wearing furniture free of artifice and buildings that could be dismantled, modified and transported.

The 40-minute Vitra Session in October 2022 will look at Prouvé’s multifaceted oeuvre and feature conversations with his daughter, Catherine Prouvé. We will also explore the Prouvé archive at the Vitra Design Museum in the company of Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra’s Chairman Emeritus. And Vitra’s Chief Design Officer, Christian Grosen, will be introducing the new products and updates in Vitra’s Prouvé Collection. Follow-up events for architects, designers and interior decorators will be hosted in Vitra showrooms worldwide and at selected retailers from November 2022.

To join the digital session, simply add the date to your calendar and log in via the link in your calendar just before the session.

Confirmed speakers

Catherine Prouvé, Daughter of Jean Prouvé
Nora Fehlbaum, CEO, Vitra
Christian Grosen Rasmussen, Chief Design Officer, Vitra
Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus, Vitra

Jean Prouvé

Constructeur, Architect, Designer

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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New products by Jean Prouvé

In autumn 2022, Vitra is reissuing four designs by Jean Prouvé: Abat-Jour Conique, a conical lamp shade that Prouvé developed in 1947 for the wall lamp Potence, the two stools Tabouret N° 307 and Tabouret Métallique as well as the wall-mounted shelving unit Rayonnage Mural.

New colours of the Jean Prouvé Collection

Vitra is expanding the palette for Jean Prouvé’s furniture to include some of the original Prouvé colours: the existing options of deep black, Japanese red and Blanc Colombe will be joined by Gris Vermeer, Bleu Dynastie, Blé Vert and Bleu Marcoule, as well as the Métal Brut variant in unpainted steel.
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