Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the weight of the user's upper body.

Backrest height
36.5cm
Base finish
12 Deep Black powder-coated
Frame
Pressed sheet steel and tubular steel
Frame finish
Powder-coated
Glides
04 glides for carpet
Overall depth
49cm
Overall height
81.5cm
Overall width
42cm
Seat and backrest finish
04 dark oak with protective varnish
Seat depth
45.5cm
Seat height
46.5cm
Seat width
39cm
Year
1934/1950

The engineer, architect and designer Jean Prouve incorporated this simple insight in his design for the Standard Chair: while steel tubing suffices for the front legs, since they are subject to less stress, the back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections that transfer the primary weight to the floor.Standard is available in the classic version with seat and backrest in wood or as the Standard SP model with seat and backrest in robust plastic.

Seat and backrest
Oak (natural or dark finish) or walnut (black pigmented finish).

Base
Bent sheet steel and tubular steel, powder-coated finish (smooth).


Jean Prouvé

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.


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