Chairs take the most stress on their back legs, where they bear the weight of the user's upper body. The engineer and designer Jean Prouvé illustrated this simple insight in his distinctive design for the Standard chair: while steel tubing suffices for the front legs, since they bear a relatively light load, the back legs are made of voluminous hollow sections that transfer the primary stress to the floor.
Standard is offered with a seat and backrest in wood or as the model Standard SP in ASA plastic. In addition, there is the all-wood Chaise Tout Bois, whose design is very similar to the Standard chair. During World War II, Jean Prouvé responded to the limited supply of metal with a version made entirely out of veneer and solid wood.
Design Year: 1934/1950
Size: W42xD50.5xH82 CM
Frame material: Bent steel with powder coated finish
Seat material: Oak plywood
Backrest material: Oak plywood
Warranty: 10 years (product must be registered at manufacturer’s website within 3 months of the purchase date)
Jean Prouvé ,1934/1950
Jean Prouvé , who regarded himself as an engineer throughout his lifetime, was both the designer and manufacturer of his product ideas. Jean Prouvé achieved the goal of uniting functional requirements, the honest use of materials, and economic concerns with the complex demands of mass production.
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 in design history through its transcending path. Starting as a furniture producer, it paved its way to manufacturing and ultimately becoming the powerhouse design institution we see today.