Jean Prouve France

What a Jean Prouvé School Desk Can Teach Us

April 10, 2015

Lot 132, Jean Prouvé, School desk, designed c. 1930s–1940s

French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé is regarded as one of the great innovators of 20th-century design. From the start of his career, Prouvé helped guide French modernism toward a principled democratic approach to architecture and design. Most of Prouvé’s work focused on projects for public institutions such as hospitals and universities. He was also a humane designer. His c. 1930s desk and double chair set, or “school desk,” encourages children to work together compatibly. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a Prouvé Atelier-designed (c. 1930s–1940s) school desk at the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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