jean prouvé’s restored maxéville office presented at design miami/ basel 2016
all images courtesy of galerie patrick seguin

 

 

 

on the occasion of design miami/ basel 2016, galerie patrick seguin presents the ‘maxéville design office’ originally conceived by jean prouvé in the 1940s. the historic structure had remained in north eastern france at ateliers jean prouvé until its restoration by the gallery in 2015. the model of this 10 x 12 meter demountable house, created for the noisy-le-sec experimental site, was successfully presented at the ministry of reconstruction’s new house competition in early 1947. while originally intended as a demonstration, it proved an efficient method of prefabricated housing.

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the building was originally conceived by by jean prouvé in the 1940s

 

 

 

production began in 1947, but never reached its intended success. one of its rare uses was as the design office of jean prouvé’s atelier, where it was installed in 1952. strategically positioned at the entrance of the factory, the structure contained design prototypes before they were reviewed for production. in 1953, due to a disagreement with majority shareholders l’aluminum français, jean prouvé stepped down from his post at the maxéville factory, which remained active until 1983.

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galerie patrick seguin restored the building in 2015

 

 

 

following prouvé’s departure, the structures that bore his imprint were either destroyed or dismantled, with only the ‘design office’ left unharmed. preserved behind cladding, the building then became a plumber’s office, a restaurant, and, in latter years, a swingers’ club called ‘le bounty’. the ‘maxéville design office’ was meticulously dismantled and restored by galerie patrick seguin in 2015. presented during design miami/ basel 2016, the building uses axial portal frames in order to create an open, fluid internal space that can incorporate interchangeable partitions and one-piece facing panels.

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the original design proved an efficient method of prefabricated housing

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the original building had a range of uses, including as a swingers’ club called ‘le bounty’

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the structure being reassembled

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the building employs axial portal frames in order to create an open, fluid internal space

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the design can incorporate interchangeable partitions and one-piece facing panels

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the original structure was preserved behind cladding

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the office is presented during design miami/ basel 2016

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the scheme was strategically positioned at the entrance of the factory, across from prouvé’s office
image © fonds jean prouvé, bibliotheque kandinsky, centre pompidou, ADAGP 2016

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