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Fauteuil de Salon

design Jean Prouvé, 1939

The Fauteuil de Salon combines plain surfaces into a complete architectural form with a comfortable seat and backrest. Rediscovered in the archives of the French design engineer, the chair’s colour was adapted for modern tastes. Thanks to the armrests in oiled solid wood and Prouvé’s typical philosophy of focusing on design factors, Fauteuil de Salon goes perfectly with other products in the Prouvé Collection.

Jean Prouvé, who always considered himself a design engineer, was also the designer and manufacturer of his product ideas. His unique range of designs includes letter openers, door and window fittings, lamps and furniture – and even prefabricated houses and modular construction systems; essentially, anything that can be designed and industrially manufactured.

Seat and backrest Polyurethane foam; upholstery: Twill or Cité fabrics, or leather Premium

Base Round and moulded sheet steel, powder-coated (smooth)
Armrests Solid wood, oiled; natural oak, smoked oak or American walnut

Dimensions L68 x P84 x H82,5 cm – Seat height 34 cm

Fauteuil de Salon
from 2545 €

base (metal, smooth)

88 – ecru

40 – chocolate

12 – deep black

06 – japonase red

80 – coffee

armrests (solid wood)

70 - oiled oak

90 – smoked oiled oak

75 – oiled american walnut


Twill fabric

70% new wool, 30% polyamide | Twill 325 g/m2

The high percentage of natural fibres gives Twill very pleasant tactile qualities and an inviting, elegant appearance. Twill is extremely durable and has excellent abrasion resistance (min. 100,000 Martindale cycles, DIN EN ISO 12947-2).

Twill is available in 18 colours.

Premium Leather

Premium leather is a relatively smooth cowhide leather with a flat grain and fine top sheen. It is dyed-through and lightly pigmented. The semi-aniline leather is soft to the touch, like a leather glove.

Premium leather is available in 22 colours.

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.