The Guéridon wooden table, which was produced by the designer and engineer Jean Prouvé for the University of Paris in the late 1940’s, is a convincing demonstration of clear structural principles. It is a variation of Prouvé's architecturally informed design vocabulary in a natural material, proving that modern tables do not have to be made out of steel and glass.
Table top natural oiled solid oak – smoked solid oiled oak – solid oiled American walnut
Base same wood as tabletop – tubular steel strut, deep black powder-coated (smooth)
Dimensions Ø90 cm x H74 cm – Ø105 cm x H74 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.
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.