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Cité armchair

design Jean Prouvé, 1930

Not many armchairs can pride themselves with having marked design history and the Cité armchair is most certainly part of the list. The Cité armchair was designed by Jean Prouvé in 1930 for a competition to furnish the rooms at the student campus Cité Universitaire de Nancy. It is so comfortable that it became one of the favourite pieces of Jean Prouvé, who consequently also chose to have it in his own home. The Cité armchair is beautiful from every angle. It combines the elegant simplicity of the tight metal profile and broad leather straps for armrests with the softness of the generous padding. Vitra now offers the Cité armchair for sale in a carfully selected range of leathers and fabrics.

Upholstery seat and backrest with a continuous cover in fabric or leather
Filling neck cushion in polyurethane foam, height-adjustable
Base bent sheet steel, powder-coated finish (smooth)
Glides fitted with plastic glides for carpet; felt glides for hard floors available
Dimensions 68 x 95 x H84 cm – seat height 33,5 cm

Mello fabric ciment 03 (price group 1) / deep black base

Mello fabric canary 04 (price group 1) / Japanese red base

Mello fabric cement 03 (price group 1) / ecru base

Mello fabric graphite 11 (price group 1) / deep black base

Mello fabric papyrus 05 (price group 1) / ecru base

free samples

(against deposit)

95 €

metal base finishes

> price group 1

88 – ecru

06 – Japanese red

12 – deep black

> price group 2

13 – vermeer grey

14 – dynasty blue

18 – green wheat

41 – marcoule blue

94 – raw metal


> groupe de prix 1

> groupe de prix 2

> groupe de prix 3

> groupe de prix 4

80% cotton, 20% polyester
30 000 Martindale

73% new wool, 19% polyester, 8% polyamide
40 000 Martindale

semi-aniline nappa leather

semi-aniline nappa leather, vegetable tanned

Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé completed his training as a metal artisan before opening his own workshop in Nancy in 1924. In the following years he created numerous furniture designs, and in 1947 Prouvé established his own factory. Due to disagreements with the majority shareholders, he left the company in 1953. During the ensuing decades, Prouvé served as a consulting engineer on a number of important architectural projects in Paris.

Jean Prouvé left his mark on architectural history again in 1971, when he played a major role in selecting the design of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers for the Centre Pompidou as chairman of the competition jury. Prouvé's work encompasses a wide range of objects, from a letter opener to door and window fittings, from lighting and furniture to façade elements and prefabricated houses, from modular building systems to large exhibition structures – essentially, almost anything that is suited to industrial production methods.

In close cooperation with the Prouvé family, Vitra began in 2002 to issue re-editions of designs by this great French constructeur.