Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé

1901-1984

Born in France, Prouvé opened the successful "Ateliers Jean Prouvé" in 1931 and began collaborating on projects such as the Maison du Peuple, an aviation club and an army camp. In 1947 Prouvé built the Maxéville factory where he produced furniture and undertook extensive architectural research on the uses of aluminum. In 1949, he and Henri Prouvé won a contract by the Ministry of Reconstruction and Urbanism to build a subdivision just outside Paris to demonstrate his prototype lightweight prefabricated metal building system.