Jean Prouvé is one of the most important French designers of the pre- and post-World War II period. Trained as a craftsman in wrought iron, Prouvé was also an engineer. Metal was Prouvé's preferred material: steel, iron, and aluminum provided the basis for many of his designs. Prouvé eventually established his own atelier for the production of furniture and components. This Folding Chair is one of six that Prouvé created as a wedding present for his sister Marianne. The chairs were designed so that when not in use, they would nest together; their folded frames occupying a small space. This example is made of tubular steel, its individual elements hand-beaten—a direct tie back to Prouve's early training as a wrought-iron craftsman.

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Jean Prouvé, French, 1901–1984
Made by Les Ateliers, Jean Prouvé
Folding Chair
Designed c. 1924–28, made 1929
Tubular steel and linen canvas
40 1/4 × 17 1/2 × 18 5/8 inches (102.9 × 44.4 × 47.3 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by J. Brian and Varina Eby, by exchange

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Galerie Jousse Seguin]; purchased by MFAH, 1997.