This variant of the swivel office chair was designed by Jean Prouvé in 1944. It consists of a movable seat set on a tube mounted on a crosswise metal base. The previous version—with backrest and solid spindle- molded seat—was soon abandoned in favor of this variation, featuring a more slender base and molded plywood seat. This model features a backrest that is attached using flat metal supports running under the seat. It went on the market in 1947 under the title CD 11. After Prouvé left Maxéville, the suburb outside of Nancy in Eastern France, other swivel seats designed at Ateliers Jean Prouvé were more like workshop stools than office furniture. This rare piece from 1944 is a very early production; the light green color, wooden seat, and back are all original.
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.
Bent sheet steel, plated wood, stainless steel
H 75.5 x L 247 x D 154 cm