Jean Prouve: Cite Armchair Vitra

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Jean Prouve Cite Armchair Vitra
Chaise Lounge Reclining Chair
Vitra, imported from Germany

Jean Prouve Cite Armchair Vitra. The beautiful Cite Armchair (Le fauteuil Cite as Jean Prouve named it) is one of the icons of French mid 20th century modern furniture design. This classic lounge chair with its timeless modernist good looks stands as a testimony to the ingenuity of its French designer, Jean Prouve. This chaise is one of Jean Prouve's early masterpieces, it was designed in 1930. The Cite Armchair by Jean Prouve is a low slung utilitarian chaise lounge that appeals because of the clarity of its structure, strongly influenced by the formal language of Jean Prouve's architecture. Simply put, it embodies the essence of good design. Cite was created by Jean Prouve for Nancy s Cite University in Nancy France and was reissued by Vitra Germany from the original drawings. Designed by Jean Prouve in 1930, Prouve himself used the Cite armchair in the living room of his own house. The Cite lounge has the trademark Prouve rational-sculptural aesthetic courtesy of his formal engineering training. By sitting in this chair you are well on your way to discovering the sublime and sophisticated qualities that are unique to Prouve designs. Cite is characterized by its coated sheet steel rockers and broad leather arm support straps. Made by Vitra in Europe. Jean Prouve design can be found in the collections of the Vitra Design Museum, MoMA Design Collection, Design Museum, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Victoria & Albert Museum as well as numerous public- and private collections.

Frame made of sheet steel, lacquered finish in red, black or cream. Single piece fabric cover in black, beige, tobacco and nero leather. Armrests are made of thick natural saddle leather straps. Upholstered neck support cushion.

The Vitra Jean Prouve Cite Armchair offered by NOVA68 has a lead time of 8 to 12 weeks depending on your color choice. Your Cite chair will be securely packaged and send fully insured with tracking. Purchase your Jean Prouve Cite with confidence; NOVA68 is the largest and most trusted source for authentic Vitra Jean Prouve furniture. Enjoy complimentary shipping and our low price match guarantee.

Cover: seat and back in one piece. Fabric cover in black, beige or tobacco or in nero leather.

Upholstery: height-adjustable neck support cushion made of polyurethane foam, cove red.

Base: molded sheet steel, powder-coated in black, red or cream.

Glides: with hard glides for carpets. Glides with felt pads for hard floor surfaces are available upon request.

Color Finish Options:
Black Frame with Black Fabric
Black Frame with Beige Fabric
Black Frame with Black Leather
Red Frame with Tobacco Fabric
Red Frame with Beige Fabric
Cream Frame with Beige Fabric

Collection: Vitra Jean Prouve collection
Category: Furniture, Lounge Chairs, Chaise Lounger, Chaise Lounge
Dimensions: 33" Height x 26.75" Wide x 37.5" Depth
Seat Height: 13.25" Height
Materials Base: Constructed of lacquered sheet steel
Materials Seat and Back: Single-piece fabric or leather cover
Cite comes with a neck-support cushion as pictured
Style: French, Mid-century, Modern, Modernist, Transitional
Vitra Product Code: 412 398 00-01/02/05/11/13/21

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Jean Prouve (1904 - 1984) was born in Paris and trained as a metal artisan under Emile Robert, Enghien und Szabo. In 1924 he opened his own workshop in Nancy and began to produce his first furnishings made of formed sheet steel in 1925. He was a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) in 1930. In the following year he established his own manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouv�. During the 1930s, the company produced numerous furniture designs, as well as some of the first prefabricated architectural elements, including components for the Maison du Peuple in Clichy (in collaboration with the architects Beaudoin and Lods), whose steel-and-glass structure attracted a great deal of attention. Due to the scarcity of steel during the Second World War, Prouv� constructed wood furniture and developed simple houses made out of prefabricated parts. Active in the French R�sistance, Prouv� was elected mayor of Nancy after the city was liberated. He designed and constructed residential buildings for the homeless. In 1947 he established the Max�ville factory, a facility of 25,000 square meters in which furnishings, prefabricated homes and schools were produced by 200 employees. In order to meet the increasing demand for furniture, this division came under the direction of Steph Simon as a separate division with exclusive marketing rights in 1949. Due to disagreements with the majority shareholders, Jean Prouv� left the company in 1953. He designed and built his own residence in 1954. After working as head of the construction office of the Compagnie Industrielle de Mat�riel de Transport (CIMT) in Paris between 1957-68, Prouv� ran his own architectural consulting firm in Paris from 1968-84. He taught as professor at the Conservatoire des Arts et M�tiers (CNAM) from 1957-70. As chairman of the jury for the Centre Pompidou architectural competition in 1971, he played a major role in selecting the design of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Between 1980-84, Prouv� again turned his attention to the further development of his furniture designs. He died in Nancy in 1984. In many of his works, Jean Prouv� achieved the goal of uniting functional requirements, the honest use of materials and economical concerns with the complex demands of mass production. Beginning in 2002, in close collaboration with the Prouv� family, Vitra has devoted itself to the re-edition of numerous designs by this great constructeur.