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Fauteuil Direction

design Jean Prouvé, 1951

Fauteuil Direction is a comfortable armchair especially suited for dining room seating. Its design exemplifies the constructive aesthetic for which Prouvé is so well known. This compact armchair is also ideal for the home office, where it is particularly striking in combination with the small Compas Direction desk. Outside the home, Fauteuil Direction cuts a fine figure in elegantly appointed lobbies, restaurants or waiting areas.

Seat and backrest polyurethane foam; fabric or leather upholstery
Armrests oiled solid wood; natural oak, smoked oak or American walnut
Base round and moulded sheet steel, powder-coated (smooth finish)
Dimensions 62 x 62,5 x H81,5 cm – seat height 50,5 cm

Twill fabric dark grey (price group 1) / oiled smoked oak armrests / deep black base

Premium leather snow 72 (price group 4) / oiled walnut armrests / deep black base

Premium leather granite 65 (price group 4) / oiled oak armrests / deep black base

free samples

(against deposit)

95 €

wood finish

70 – natural oak, oiled

90 – smoked oiled oak

75 – oiled American walnut

metal base finish

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88 – ecru

06 – Japanese red

12 – deep black

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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

43% polyester, 30% new wool, 25 polyacrylic, 2% polyamide
35 000 Martindale

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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.