Jean Prouvé, 1901 – 1984
Tropique type dining room table, 1951.
Entirely demountable. Tapered legs and reinforcing angle bars under plateau in folded sheet steel with Van Dyck brown lacquer coat. Brace joining legs in steel tube also lacquered Van Dyck brown. Plateau in folded sheet aluminium with sandy beige lacquer coat.
Rare entirely demountable, all-metal model designed for tropical countries, derived from models in timber and steel or all-timber marketed in France.
(sic) Ateliers Jean Prouvé have studied the problems specific to overseas countries: influence of climate on wood, economy of transport. This focused study has led to solutions made entirely of light metal, lacquered and demountable.
71.5 x 190 x 90 cm.
Provenance: ORSTOM (Office de Recherche Scientifique et Technique d’Outre-Mer) base at Adiopodoumé near Abidjan (Ivory Coast). The ORSTOM was set up in most of France’s former African colonies. In 1951, an important commission was awarded to the Ateliers Jean Prouvé to equip several of their overseas centres as well as their headquarters at Bondy (Parisian suburbs).
Table collected at ‘Kilomètre 17’ village located near former ORSTOM centre at Adiopodoumé. Some pieces of furniture were salvaged by villagers after the partial shut-down of the site in the 1970s.