Jean Prouve Table for the Aero Club at Doncourt Les Conflans, 1938
Square table for the Aero Club of Doncourt-les Conflans. Melamine wood on black lacquered curved metal legs on a double finned base in chromed metal fiber. 29 x 23.5 x 23.5 inches. In original, unrestored condition, wear consistent with use, chipping and some losses to the laminate top and sides, scuffs and some paint loss to the frame but with an attractive overall patina of age.
Architects Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier were inspired by the elegance of aircraft design when they created the aerodrome clubhouse at the Doncourt lès Conflans airport 20 miles west of Metz and an hour south of Luxembourg City. Engineer and metalsmith, self-taught designer and architect, manufacturer and teacher, Jean Prouvé was a key force in the evolution of 20th-century French design, introducing a style that combined economy of means and stylistic chic. Along with his frequent client and collaborator Le Corbusier and others, Prouvé, using his practical skills and his understanding of industrial materials, steered French modernism onto a path that fostered principled, democratic approaches to architecture and design.