Jean Prouvé: President Standard Chairs 

Jean Prouvé President Standard Chairs


Born in Nancy, Jean Prouvé was an illustrious French designer and builder. He was a master of ironwork, construction and architecture and his preferred materials were wood and aluminium. Like his father, he began as a cabinet-maker and learnt his techniques very early. Knowing how to combine architecture and industry made Jean Prouvé an excellent artist.


Jean Prouvé created the President Standard Chair in 1934. It was later appropriated by other designers who modified it to be used in schools and public establishments. Completely consituted of sheet steel, tubular steel and oak, it has both geometrical forms and curves. Highly resistant, it is very flexible and comfortable. The light, tubular legs respect the principles of cabinet-making with their hollowness. A peculiar design of chair that supports any weight. This chair was a real revolution.

Without extravagance:

Jean Prouvé left plenty of room in his inspired but uncluttered designs by keeping the details minimal. A combination of materials was enough to improve both his and the chair's reputation.