Galerie Patrick Seguin is pleased to present an adaptation of Jean Prouvé’s ‘6x6m Demountable House’ by award-winning British architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) for use as a holiday retreat.The 6x6 Demountable House was originally designed by Jean Prouvé in 1944 to rehouse war victims in Lorraine, France. Built entirely from wood and metal, the houses were easily transported and quickly assembled.
The adaption of Prouvé’s ‘6m x 6m Demountable House’ led by RSHP’s Ivan Harbour is based on the original plans with the addition of modern living facilities including a satellite bathroom and kitchen as well as a series of service trolleys providing hot water and solar powered electricity. In doing so, RSHP was able to “preserve the integrity of the original as a single living space.” In addition, the project has the potential to become a blueprint for further adaptations of historical and inspiring Prouvé demountable houses, which grants them new life in conjunction with the presentation of the RSHP adaption at Design Miami/ Basel, Galerie Patrick Seguin will be showcasing Prouvé’s ‘Total Filling Station’, 1969, as part of the “At Large” section of the fair curated by André Balazs. Accompanying its exhibitions, Galerie Patrick Seguin has also developed an editorial line of comprehensive publications and has just released a set of 5 monographs dedicated to Jean Prouvé’s demountable architecture, illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs. These five volumes are the first of 15 that will be released in 3 separate boxed sets over the course of 2015 and 2016.
About Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé (1901–1984) was a twentieth-century pioneer in the innovative production of furniture and architecture. Determined to be a man of his time, Prouvé explored all the current technical resources in metalworking, soon abandoning wrought iron for bent sheet steel: in the thirties he produced metal joinery, his early furniture, architectural components and knockdown buildings, all in small series. The same principles were applied to the making of furniture – often intended for the public sector – and to the architecture of the postwar boom. Astute assembly systems for hard wearing structures meant that furniture and buildings alike could be readily dismantled, moved about and modified. The Prouvé blend of avant-garde spirit and humanist concerns has lost none of its relevance. The originality of his different periods is repeatedly rediscovered, from the first items for the University dormitory in Nancy in 1932 through those for a similar facility in Antony in 1954; the furniture for Africa; and the knockdown postwar schools and «little architecture machines» of the sixties. Working with the best architects, Jean Prouvé left his stamp on many famous examples of twentieth-century building, most of which are now classified historic monuments.
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