The engineer and designer Jean Prouv produced his creations in his own workshop in Nancy.
This enabled him to easily implement customer requests and changes to the products. Numerous variations of Prouvé's most successful designs were therefore developed over the years. This is the case with Chair Standard, which was fabricated in diverse versions for different interior design projects.
With one of these variants, the Standard SR (siège rembourré), the chair has an upholstered seat and backrest. The design of Standard SR illustrates the static weight loads at play in a manner that typifies the work of Prouvé: while slim steel tubing is used for the front legs as they bear a relatively light load, the chair's back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections. The lightly padded cushion is carefully integrated into the structure of Standard SR, enhancing the seating comfort. The fabric cover is available in numerous colours and the chair base also comes in a choice of hues.
Standard is also 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 Description: Polyurethane foam cushion with fabric cover.
Base Description : Bent sheet steel and tubular steel, powder-coated (smooth).
Glides Description: Glides for carpet of felt glides for hard floors.
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.