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Fauteuil Direction Pivotant

design Jean Prouvé, 1951

The Fauteuil Direction Pivotant is an office chair with the aesthetic characteristic of the work of Jean Prouvé. It is extremely comfortable, thanks to its generous cushions and its ability to adapt to everyone. Its backward tilt mechanism allows you to adjust the strength of the backrest and even lock it in the position that suits you best. Its wide armrests, in solid oiled wood, ensure support and stability, while giving a note of lightness and freshness to a very industrial chair. The Fauteuil Direction Pivotant will find its place at home or in the office. Several fabrics and leather upholsteries are available in a wide range of colours.

Seat and backrest polyurethane filling; fabric or leather upholstery
Armrests oiled solid wood; natural oak, smoked oak or walnut
Base five-star base made of bent sheet steel and tubular steel, powder-coated (smooth). Equipped with double castors in basic dark, Ø 60 mm
Seat mechanism adjustable backward tilt, lockable in the forward position. Continuous seat height adjustment with gas spring.
Dimensions 67 x 55 x H83,5 / 95 cm – seat height 40,5 / 52 cm

Twill fabric dark grey (price group 1) / oiled oak armrests / Japanese red base

Volo fabric dark grey (price group 1) / oiled oak armrests / Japanese red base

Twill fabric pearl (price group 1) / oiled oak armrests / deep black base

Tress fabric ice grey melange 06 (price group 2) / oiled oak armrests / dynasty blue base

Twill fabric green grey 17 (price group 1) / oiled oak armrests / ecru base

free samples

(against deposit)

95 €

wood finishes

70 – oiled natural oak

90 – oiled smoked oak

75 – oiled American walnut

metal base finishes

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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


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70% new wool, 30% polyamide
100 000 Martindale

85% new wool, 15% polyamide
100 000 Martindale

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

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> price group 5

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.