DATE

1955

MATERIALS

Bent sheet steel, plated wood, stainless steel

DIMENSIONS

H 75.5 x L 247 x P 154 cm

STYLE

French Mid-Century 

HERITAGE

France

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Jean Prouvé Bureau Présidence n° 201 $800,000

Jean Prouvé designed his iconic Présidence desk to be large and accommodating for company directors—hence the name. Its shape and fittings allow it to be used both as a personal workspace and as a conference table for three to six people. The wide-angle return provides room for documents or a place for an assistant to pull up a chair. The Présidence model became an emblem for successful architects and chairmen, found in the studios of top creatives across Paris and the rest of France throughout the 1950s. It was also supplied to industrialists and, in some cases, high-ranking government administrators. This version in particular is extraordinarily rare as it is demountable and the desktop is crafted in exotic wood—features which make this piece a one-of-a-kind. This desk is in exceptional condition and the green enameled paint is original and untouched.

 

Prouvé (1901–1984) was a 20th-century pioneer in the innovative production of furniture and architecture. He contributed considerably to the reconstruction and urbanization of postwar France and left an indelible stamp on European material culture.

DESIGNER

Jean Prouvé

DATE

1955

MATERIALS

Bent sheet steel, plated wood, stainless steel

DIMENSIONS

H 75.5 x L 247 x P 154 cm

STYLE

French Mid-Century 

HERITAGE

France

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