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In the early 1940s, Jean Prouvé began to work more extensively with wood. The Guéridon Bas Table has a heavy top in oak veneer that rests on three solid oak legs. These elements are joined together by a construction made out of bent sheet metal.
Guéridon Bas Table is also available in dark stained oak, harking back to an original version made of tropical wood called 'Table Africaine'.
Tabletop solid wood (natural oak, smoked oak or american walnut) with oiled finish
Base legs matched to table top ; connecting element: bent sheet metal, powder-coated in deep black (smooth finish)
Dimensions Ø79,8 x H34,6 cm
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.
He 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.