Standard Chair Miniature - / Prouvé (1930) by Vitra Natural wood
|Size||L 7 x D 8 cm x H 13.5 cm|
Vitra Miniature Natural wood Wood. Dimensions: L 7 x D 8 cm x H 13.5 cm. Located in Weil am Rhein in Germany (near the Swiss border), the Vitra Design Museum is a privately funded museum that showcases the unique design collection of the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. The Vitra Design Museum collection is one of the most important furniture design collections in the world. It contains around 7,000 pieces of furniture, more than a thousand lighting pieces, numerous archives and the inherited series of famous designers such as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. The Vitra Design Museum's collection of miniatures, which started more than 20 years ago, is an illustration of the milestones in the history of design. This collection encompasses the entire history of industrial furniture from the 1800s to present day, creating a pathway through time leading to the creation of modern seating, from historicism and Art Nouveau to Bauhaus and New Objectivity, Radical Design and Postmodernism to present day. A magnificent collection of emblematic works is presented to you. These chairs that have taken their place in history all carry the memories of their times: Materials, shapes, colours… They reveal the often forgotten dreams of their time, the (sometimes utopian) aspirations of their designers, but above all to their vision of the world. The chairs are reproduced on a one-sixth scale and faithfully replicate the original historical model down to the smallest details in the design, material and colour shade. This precise detail is also applied to the wooden grain, the reproduction of the screws and the meticulous methods of handcrafting. These miniatures are not only valuable collector's items, but are also an educational tool for universities, design schools and architects. Rolf Fehlbaum, President of Vitra: “We can deduce and understand an era, its social order, its materials, its techniques and its taste by observing its chairs. I should point out that no other everyday object offers such diversity.” This sober iconic creation is a famous classic from the French manufacturer. Jean Prouvé started with a simple observation: On a chair, the weight of the body is carried mainly by the back legs, while the front legs are not used much. He therefore designed chair model no. 4 in 1934, whose back legs are reinforced, transmitting the load to the floor, thus stopping generations of schoolchildren from swinging in class! While a steel tube is enough for the two less heavily loaded front legs, the back legs of the chair are made of large hollow bodies that transfer the load to the floor, thus making the Standard chair a design icon. The Standard chair is part of French design heritage! It is exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and can also be found at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, Jean Prouvé's home town.