250509: Hofmobiliendepot – Möbelmuseum Wien / Imperial Furniture Collection: Jean Prouvé – The Poetics of the Technical Object

Hofmobiliendepot – Möbelmuseum Wien / Imperial Furniture Collection: Jean Prouvé – The Poetics of the Technical Object Poetry of edges He was probably one of the most consequent functionalists. Not an architect, but a trained blacksmith, and more of a pragmatist than an author of theoretical treatises, Jean Prouvé was always in the shadow of PR-geniuses like Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Prouvé aimed at making internal forces visible. At one time he even bought a used “Voisin”oldtimer to dismantle it and thereby attain a constructive insight. The sedulous nerd got to the bottom of everything and en passant applied the aesthetic potential of the construction as skilfully as no other. In doing so, he proved his talent of improvisation. He added bed springs to the tin-like wall elements of the Maison du Peuple in Clichy, to muffle the cracking noise caused by temperature differences, or by constructed his own house with the remainders of stock of his company in Maxéville near Nancy. His third architectural masterpiece is the drinking hall of Evian (1957), which attained its optical weightlessness by substituting compressive force by traction. Another example is the mobile tin panel façade of the apartment house at the Square Mozart in Paris; a kinetic model of this building is displayed at the exhibit. In addition, Prouvé was not only involved with UIAM and CIAM, but he also designed barracks for homeless people intended for series production. Prouvé’s well-known furniture designs, made of chamfered, welded tin and plywood - partly created together with Charlotte Perriand - are presented at the Imperial Furniture Collection, in cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum. Prouvé, the passionate chair toppler, whose seating furniture was designed to withstand a weight of 400 kg, developed a poetry of austerity based on economic modesty; something one can never get enough of. By Iris Meder Hofmobiliendepot – Möbel Museum Wien 1070 Vienna, Mariahilfer Strasse 88, entrance: Andreasgasse 7, until 21.06.09 www.hofmobiliendepot.at

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