The architect, engineer and designer Jean Prouvé intended both in his architectural and design work on using highly-advanced metal working techniques to create innovative constructions and shapes. He played an influential role in developing a construction method for architecture based on lightweight prefabricated sections, and drew amongst other things on this knowledge of aircraft and car construction. In 1947, he set up his own company Ateliers Jean Prouvé, which not only produced these lightweight elements, but also his own furniture designs.
In 1955, Prouvé took part with the support of the French designer group Union des Artistes Modernes, in a competition for the furnishing of a student residence in Antony near Paris. Collaborating with Charlotte Perriand, he produced an exemplary furniture series for the leisure area, cafeterias and a series of rooms in the student residence. His series included the chair shown here, which Prouvé had designed a similar version of for Strasbourg university as early as 1950.
The original of the Antony was designed by Jean Prouvé in 1950 and it is produced as 1:1 model by the Vitra International AG, Basel/Switzerland since 2006.
The here offered miniature by Vitra (scale 1:6) consists of bent plywood, lacquered steel tube and steel sheet-metal.