Jean Prouvé designed the Lampe de Bureau (1930), a small table lamp made of sheet steel, for the halls of residence at the Cité Universitaire in Nancy.
Jean Prouvé designed the Lampe de Bureau, a small table lamp, as part of the functional furnishings for the halls of residence at the Cité Universitaire in Nancy. Constructed from bent sheet steel, it reflects the light rays and pleasantly illuminates the desk surface. The powder-coated finish comes in several colours, which are derived from the original hues used by Prouvé, and the power cable is sheathed in a high-quality textile casing.
Jean Prouvé completed his training as a metal artisan before opening his own workshop in Nancy in 1924. In the following years he created numerous furniture designs, and in 1947 Prouvé established his own factory. Due to disagreements with the majority shareholders, he left the company in 1953. During the ensuing decades, Prouvé served as a consulting engineer on a number of important architectural projects in Paris.
He left his mark on architectural history again in 1971, when he played a major role in selecting the design of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers for the Centre Pompidou as chairman of the competition jury. Prouvé's work encompasses a wide range of objects, from a letter opener to door and window fittings, from lighting and furniture to façade elements and prefabricated houses, from modular building systems to large exhibition structures – essentially, almost anything that is suited to industrial production methods. In close cooperation with the Prouvé family, Vitra began in 2002 to issue re-editions of designs by this great French constructeur.