Jean Prouvé (1901-1984)
‘Demountable’ Chair, Model No. 300, designed circa 1952
manufactured by Atelier Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France
Plywood, painted steel
31 3⁄4 x 16 x 19 in. (80.6 x 40.6 x 48.3 cm)
Wear Consistent with age and use
F. Laffanour, Jean Prouve: Mobilier 1924-1953, Paris, 1987, cover
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The Demountable Chair Model 300 was designed by Prouvé in 1930. As the name suggests, it is a chair that can be easily disassembled and reassembled, making it portable and efficient for transportation and storage. Prouvé was deeply interested in creating furniture that could adapt to various needs and environments, and the Demountable Chair is a testament to his practical and functional design philosophy.
The chair features a tubular steel frame with a curved backrest and a wooden seat and backrest. Its design is simple yet elegant, and it reflects Prouvé’s belief in the importance of combining industrial production methods with artistic and ergonomic considerations.
The Demountable Chair Model 300 is often celebrated for its versatility, ease of assembly, and timeless aesthetic. It has become an iconic piece of mid-century modern design and continues to be appreciated by design enthusiasts and collectors.