Never design anything that cannot be made.

Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé 1901–1984

Jean Prouvé was born in Nancy, France, in 1901. Prouvé‘s father Victor founded the École de Nancy, an Art Nouveau school that focused on hand-made objects. Apprenticing with an ironsmith as a teenager, he learned the value of simple forms and metalworking techniques. Prouvé founded his studio, Ateliers Jean Prouvé in 1923 and created restrained metal objects that rejected excess decoration. Within his workshop, he favored industrial materials like sheet steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Engineers employed these materials in the emerging aircraft industry, and these materials inspired Prouvé to design a pre-fabricated houses with Le Corbusier in 1923 that was reminiscent of aircraft design. Working with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, Prouvé created breathtaking furniture that forged the process of prefabrication. Prouvé tirelessly focused on finding creative and useful solutions to design problems throughout his career, crafting everything from aluminum vacation homes to university bookcases, living by his words that one should “never design anything that cannot be made.”

Auction Results Jean Prouvé

JEAN PROUVÉ, rare and important Professor desk for the Université de Lille | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

rare and important Professor desk for the Université de Lille

estimate: $250,000–350,000
result: $293,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, refectory table from the Holiday Camp at Saint-Brevin | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

refectory table from the Holiday Camp at Saint-Brevin

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $252,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, No. 4 chairs, set of ten | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

No. 4 chairs, set of ten

estimate: $80,000–100,000
result: $144,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, No. 4 chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

No. 4 chairs, set of eight

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $132,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Flavigny table | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Flavigny table

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $131,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, rare table | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

rare table

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $131,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Marcoule banquette from the Centre de Readaptation Fonctionnelle, Nancy | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Marcoule banquette from the Centre de Readaptation Fonctionnelle, Nancy

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $110,500
JEAN PROUVÉ, pair of lounge chairs | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

pair of lounge chairs

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $104,500
JEAN PROUVÉ, Tropique dining table, model 503 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Tropique dining table, model 503

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $96,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Demountable chairs, set of 6 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Demountable chairs, set of 6

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $82,600
JEAN PROUVÉ, 'Semi-Metal' chairs no. 305, set of six | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

'Semi-Metal' chairs no. 305, set of six

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $81,250
JEAN PROUVÉ, Comblanchien dining table | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Comblanchien dining table

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $78,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, 'Semi-Metal' chairs no. 305, set of eight | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

'Semi-Metal' chairs no. 305, set of eight

estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $75,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, bed no. 102 from Lycée Fabert, Metz | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

bed no. 102 from Lycée Fabert, Metz

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $75,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Standard chairs, set of twelve | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Standard chairs, set of twelve

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $66,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Important cabinet, no. 150 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Important cabinet, no. 150

estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $65,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Standard chairs no. 305, set of six | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Standard chairs no. 305, set of six

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $64,900
JEAN PROUVÉ, coffee table | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

coffee table

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $64,800
JEAN PROUVÉ, Important cabinet, no. 150 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Important cabinet, no. 150

estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $62,500
JEAN PROUVÉ, coffee table | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

coffee table

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $61,200
JEAN PROUVÉ, Standard chairs no. 305, set of six | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Standard chairs no. 305, set of six

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $60,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, porthole panel | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

porthole panel

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $60,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, armoire, model AP11 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

armoire, model AP11

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $60,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Standard desk, no. 21 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

Standard desk, no. 21

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $57,500