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EM Table, HPL laminated table top

design Jean Prouvé, 1950

The designer and engineer Jean Prouvé developed the EM Table around 1950 for the "Maison Tropicale" project. Adhering to the aesthetics of necessity, even the details of this table are determined by its construction. The canted legs are connected by a crossbar, illustrating the structural forces and flow of stresses in a way that is typically seen only in engineering structures. The base of EM Tables is available in colours (with a powder-coated texture finish) that match the base of Standard SP chair – making an ideal chair and table combination.

The top of the EM Table - HPL is made of high pressure HPL laminate, a particularly resistant surface. The EM Table is also available with a wooden tabletop.

Table top HPL (high-pressure laminate)

Base bent sheet and tubular steel, powder-coated (textured), matched to the colours of the Standard SP chair base

Dimensions 180x90cm — 200x90cm — 220x90cm — 240x90cm — 260x90cm – height 74cm

Six types of bases available

Japanese red



deep black



Two types of table tops available



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.