If you were in the Gare d’Austerlitz this past month you had a very pleasant surprise. There was a display of furniture and lighting by Jean Prouvé. This collection revives a series of office furniture and lighting from his 1940’s collection. Jean Prouvé was a multifaceted architect and designer and the objects on display were presented under a roof of his design at one of the station’s open-air platforms.
Near the conclusion of the installation, I had the privilege of being the guest at a cocktail reception on the “guai” to sip champagne and enjoy the exhibit.
If you are not familiar with Jean Prouvé, he was a French metal worker and a self-taught architect and designer. He was known for his skill to transfer manufacturing technology from industry to architecture while maintaining aesthetics. He was born in Nancy in 1901 and passed away in 1984.