Jean Prouvé was a master of making an aesthetic virtue out of functional necessities. His Fauteuil de Salon is a perfect example for that skill. The armchair, which was initially re-edited by Vitra in cooperation with the French furniture label G-Star was included in the permanent collection of Vitra.
The Fauteuil de Salon was created 1939. Jean Prouvé was oriented by a standard chair when he designed his Fauteuil: Massive, conic back-legs contrast the slim legs of the front-side. This had a practical reason for the constructer Prouvé: A big part of the weight of the one relaxing in the chair remains on the back-legs, which is the reason why the legs have different sizes. The combination of simple surfaces completes the architectural image, with comfortable seat and backrest. The armchair was adapted to contemporaneity by Vitra regarding the colours, after it was found in the archives of the French constructor.
Something typical for Prouvé is that the constructive model is knowingly presented becoming the aesthetic characteristic. Thick cushions contrast the technically cool base of the chair with its slim armrests. The Fauteuil de Salon is a comfortable lounge chair, which is made of powder coated steel by Vitra. The cushions consist of cotton with polyurethane filling and the armrests are made of massive oak wood. The armchair is available in different colours.
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