Bookcases that attach to the wall were commonly found in interiors during the fi rst half of the 20th century. Jean Prouvé also designed a number of diff erent wall-mounted shelving units – such as the Rayonnage Mural produced by Vitra, which was originally conceived in 1936 for the École Nationale Professionelle in the French city of Metz. The two vertical wall brackets of Rayonnage Mural are made of painted bent sheet metal. With their streamlined shape, reminiscent of the rudder of an aircraft or ship, they are a recurring element in Rayonnage Mural Jean Prouvé , 1936 Prouvé‘s designs.
The wall brackets have precise horizontal slits into which the solid wood shelves are inserted. Together the two contrasting materials form a practical shelf that has the sculptural qualities of an aesthetic object. The wooden shelves come in a choice of light or dark oak while the wall brackets are available in various original Prouvé colours.
Made in: Germany
Wall brackets:bent sheet steel, powder-coated finish. Includes wall mounts in aluminium.
Shelves:solid natural oak with oiled finish or solid dark stained oak with clear protective lacquer finish.
Jean Prouvé, 1950
Jean Prouvé, who regarded himself as an engineer throughout his lifetime, was both the designer and manufacturer of his product ideas. His unique oeuvre, ranging from a letter opener to door and window fittings, from lighting and furniture to prefabricated houses and modular building systems, encompasses almost anything that is suited to industrial production and construction.
Vitra is much more than a brand but rather a staple of design. Established in 1950 in Birsfelden, Switzerland, the brand has left its mark on design history through its transcending path. Starting as a furniture producer, it paved its way to manufacturing and ultimately became the powerhouse design institution we see today.