Large Compass curved desk
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France
Compass base sheet folded black lacquered steel and top in black formica.
H 73 W 196 D 86 cm
Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) is one of the pioneers of innovative production of furniture and the architecture of XX century.
Anxious to be part of his time, he explores all the technical resources of the metal and quickly passes the wrought iron work in constructive applications of bent sheet metal.
It is infused with the creative philosophy of the School of Nancy, whose main aim is to combine the art industry to put within the reach of all. Metal joinery first pieces of furniture, architectural elements demountable buildings are produced in small series from the thirties.
If Jean Prouvé started with the realization of entrance gates, staircases, railings and canopies, he designed in 1924 his first furniture. Having discovered electric welding and applying various processing techniques it uses the steel sheet, a material that allows it to get a « hollow » adding resistance to the chassis: the articulated seat chair 1929 is a typical example. The use of this metal is found in most furniture dotted along its route; Prouvé also frequently employ aluminum (both in the area of that housing in the interior design) it will use in the form of bent sheet metal or castings.
In 1945 he built his factory in Maxéville and he remained there until 1954. From this date, he will continue his work as a consulting engineer for the construction of major projects of contemporary architecture. Considering that « there is no difference between building a piece of furniture and a house », Jean Prouvé is developing a « constructive thinking » based on the logic of production and functionality that generates a clean aesthetic of everything fireworks, joining the doctrine of the Union of Modern Artists which is a founding member alongside Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.