French architect and designer Jean Prouvé, brought an engineering sensibility to his design work. He is famous for saying, “Never design anything that cannot be made.” And unsurprisingly, his work is an exercise in the very practicality he advocated, but they are also stunningly creative in their simplicity. Prouvé began making metal furniture in the 1920s and collaborated with French designer greats like Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His architectural work has inspired architects like Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, and his furnishing garner high prices on the auction market.
Since 2002, Swiss furniture company Vitra has reissued core pieces of Prouvé’s furniture. In 2011, fashion brand G-Star Raw collaborated with Vitra (with the blessing of the Prouvé family) to create furniture for its Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture-designed headquarters in Amsterdam. The collection includes 11 pieces reissued and adapted to suit 21st-century life. And in addition to denim, G-Star is just starting to sell the pieces, as is Vitra. But don’t dither! If you’re a mid-century aficionado, the furniture and lighting in the Prouvé RAW Office Edition will only be available until the end of 2016.
Dubbed the Prouvé Raw Office Edition, the collection’s color palette is intended to evoke classic machinery — a nod Prouvé’s industrial aesthetic. Shown here, one of our designer’s favorites, the classic Potence light.