Prouvé Collection update by Vitra

We normally do not write about updates of furniture collections, but exceptions confirm the rule.

We are a big fan of the Prouvé Collection, and Swiss furniture brand Vitra has put its latest range of updates and reissues from the archive of French designer Jean Prouvé into production.

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The production pieces follow a limited collection of reproductions that Vitra first presented in 2011 as a collaboration with fashion brand G-Star Raw.

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Newly available pieces include reissues of the Fauteuil Direction and Fauteuil de Salon armchairs, plus Tabouret Solvay stool.

There are also updated materials and finishes to the Standard chair, EM Table and Compas Direction developed with Dutch designer Hella Jongerius and Jean Prouvé‘s family.

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The Standard chair was originally designed in wood with thicker back legs, as these take more weight.

Vitra is now producing the design with a plastic seat and back as a model named Standard SP, which has matte powder-coated metal legs.

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The plastic elements can be mixed and matched in various colours, and can easily be replaced.

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Now available with a solid wood top instead of veneered surfaces, a version of Prouvé’s EM Table has been created with a powder-coated base to match the Standard SP chairs.

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Among Prouvé’s designs for chemical company Solvay, Table Solvay looks similar to the EM Table but was created with wooden legs due to the metal shortage in the Second World War. This design now can now be obtained in three different types of solid wood.

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The metal legs of the Compas Direction desk are designed to look like the arms of a drawing compass and this design now also comes with a solid wood top.

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Archive designs that have been put into production include the Fauteuil Direction and Fauteuil de Salon cushioned armchairs, plus the Tabouret Solvay solid wood stool.

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All these additions were shown as prototypes in Milan this spring and are now available to order from Vitra.

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