The Cité armchair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed to furnish the student residence halls at the Cité Universitaire in Nancy, Prouvé also used this comfortable, expansive armchair with powder-coated steel runners and leather belt armrests in the living room of his own home.
Made in: Germany
Cover: seat and backrest with a continuous cover in fabric or leather.
Upholstery:neck cushion in polyurethane foam, height-adjustable.
Seat height:335 mm (210 mm with applied load, measured in accordance with EN 1335-1).
Base: bent sheet steel, powder-coated finish (smooth).
Glides: fitted with plastic glides for carpet; felt glides for hard floors optionally available.
Note: the steel frame in Métal Brut has a raw irregular surface protected by a transparent powder coating.
Jean Prouvé, 1930
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