loading video...

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus

AT THE VITRA CAMPUS FOR THE RELEASE OF JEAN PROUVÉ’S FAUTEUIL KANGOUROU CHAIR

 

On the occasion of Art Basel 2022, VITRA invited designboom to attend the release of Jean Prouvé’s Fauteuil Kangourou lounge chair re-issue at the Vitra Campus. Unveiled earlier this month, the Swiss furniture company staged an exhibition inside Zaha Hadid’s Fire Station for its release, where it celebrated the French architect and designer.

 

Limited to 150 pieces made in collaboration with Catherine Prouvé, the daughter of Jean Prouvé, the Fauteuil Kangourou lounge chair sold out shortly after its release. 

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus
all images © designboom unless otherwise stated

 

VITRA CONTINUES THE LEGACY OF JEAN PROUVÉ

 

One of the most significant designers of the twentieth century, Jean Prouvé was celebrated by influential contemporaries such as Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger and Alexander Calder. His oeuvre encompasses a wide range of objects that go from lighting to furniture, façade elements to prefabricated houses and modular building systems, as well as large exhibition structures.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus

 

VITRA HOLDS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXTENSIVE JEAN PROUVÉ COLLECTION

 

VITRA and Jean Prouvé’s history dates back to the 1980s, when Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of VITRA and an avid collector, bought a vintage Antony chair by the designer from 1954. The purchase initiated one of the world’s most extensive museum collection of furniture and objects by Jean Prouvé, which is now overseen by the Vitra Design Museum.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus
jean prouvé’s collection at the vitra design museum
image by florian böhm, © VITRA

 

Working in close cooperation with the Prouvé family, VITRA began producing several designs by the designer in 2002 with the aim of making these great products accessible again to a wider public. The portfolio has grown to include additional designs and special collaborations with G-Star and Virgil Abloh (see more on designboom here.)

 

‘To me, design has the inherent idea of being a bridge from the past, with an eye towards the future,’ Virgil Abloh explained when he launched his Prouvé chair. Abloh was also fascinated by the designs of Jean Prouvé and had an interest in exploring the Frenchman’s work from the outset of his collaboration with VITRA.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus
antony chair tribute to jean prouvé by virgil abloh
image by joshua osborne, © VITRA

 

For its latest edition, VITRA  referenced a historic version from the collection at the VITRA Design Museum. Like its name, the Fauteuil Kangourou features a structure that lets the seat carry the weight on the hind legs. The wooden side profiles also reflect this by being widest where the greatest stress is exerted. The latest version combines a natural oak base with metal legs in Prouvé Bleu Marcoule hue. The cushions are covered in a woven bouclé fabric featuring the same color.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus

 

‘It goes without saying that a lounge chair must be comfortable. Above and beyond comfort, the sculptural wooden side members of the Fauteuil Kangourou are among the most expressive elements in Jean Prouvé’s oeuvre — and yet are more than a formal exercise. Prouvé always adhered to the motto ‘form follows function’: the solid wooden structure supports the chair at the point where the greatest stress is exerted by the sitter. The front legs, on the other hand, are made of relatively thin steel tubes as they do not have to bear the primary load.’

 

It’s important to highlight that the name of the chair ‘Kangourou’, reveals Prouvé’s sense of humor: with some imagination, the silhouetted profile resembles the animal in a sitting position.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus

 

2022 also marks the year VITRA is adding several original Prouvé colors to the palette. Originally conceived by the designer himself, the colors drew from various sources of inspiration — his Bleu Vert describes the color of your green wheat, while the Gris Vermeer alludes to the grey tones in the work of painter Johannes Vermeer.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus

 

‘Jean Prouvé chose his colors with great care,’ said his daughter Catherine Prouvé. ‘He wasn’t a painter’s son for nothing!’

vitra-jean-prouve-kangourou-lounge-chair-designboom-006

 

By producing his pieces, VITRA has made sure to continue the legacy of the great French creative, Jean Prouvé.

designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus designboom joins VITRA for a jean prouvé-infused celebration at the vitra campus 

project info:

 

name: Fauteuil Kangourou

brand: VITRA

designer: Jean Prouvé

year: 2022

KEEP UP WITH OUR DAILY AND WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS
suscribe on designboom
- see sample
- see sample
suscribe on designboom
happening now! for over 50 years, florim ceramiche spa has been creating porcelain stoneware ceramic surfaces for all architecture, building industry and interior design needs – explore the new mystic luxe collection on designboom! 

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5