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AT THE VITRA CAMPUS FOR THE RELEASE OF THE KANGOUROU ARMCHAIR BY JEAN PROUVÉ

On the occasion of Art Basel 2022, VITRA guest design boom attend the release of by Jean Prouve Kangaroo armchair reissue lounge chair at the Vitra Campus. Unveiled earlier this monththe Swiss furniture company held an exhibition inside Zaha Hadid’s fire station for its release, where it paid tribute to the French architect and designer.

Limited to 150 copies made in collaboration with Catherine Prouvé, the daughter of Jean Prouvé, the Kangaroo armchair chaise longue sold shortly after its release.

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VITRA CONTINUES THE LEGACY OF JEAN PROUVÉ

One of the most important designers of the 20th century, Jean Prouvé was celebrated by influential contemporaries such as Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger and Alexander Calder. His work encompasses a wide range of objects from lighting to furniture, from facade elements to prefabricated houses and modular building systems, as well as large exhibition structures.

designboom joins VITRA for a denim-infused celebration on campus vitra

VITRA HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST PROVED DENIM COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD

VITRA and the history of Jean Prouvé dates back to the 1980s, when Rolf Fehlbaum, President Emeritus of VITRA and avid collector, purchased a vintage Antony chair from the designer from 1954. This purchase initiated one of the largest museum collections in the world. world of furniture and objects by Jean Prouvé, now under the supervision of the Vitra Design Museum.

designboom joins VITRA for a denim-infused celebration on campus vitra
the proven jeans collection at the vitra design museum
image by florian böhm, © VITRA

Working closely with the Prouvé family, VITRA began producing several of the designer’s creations in 2002 with the aim of making these great products once again accessible to a wider audience. The portfolio has expanded to include additional designs and special collaborations with G-Star and Virgil Abloh (see more at designboom here.)

“For me, design has the inherent idea of ​​being a bridge between the past, with an eye to the future”, Virgil Abloh explained it by launching his Prouvé chair. Abloh was also fascinated by the creations of Jean Prouvé and had an interest in exploring the work of the Frenchman from the start of his collaboration with VITRA.

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antony armchair tribute to jean proven by virgil abloh
image by joshua osborne, © VITRA

For its latest edition, VITRA has referred to a historical version from the collection of the VITRA Design Museum. Like its name, the Kangaroo armchair has a structure that allows the seat to support the weight on the hind legs. The wooden side profiles also reflect this by being widest where the greatest stress is exerted. The latest version combines a natural oak base with metal feet in the Prouvé Bleu Marcoule shade. The cushions are covered with a woven bouclé fabric of the same color.

designboom joins VITRA for a denim-infused celebration on campus vitra

‘It goes without saying that a lounge chair should be comfortable. Beyond comfort, the sculptural wooden uprights of the Kangourou Armchair are among the most expressive elements of Jean Prouvé’s work, and yet are more than a formal exercise. Prouvé has always adhered to the motto “form follows function”: the solid wood frame supports the chair at the point where the greatest stress is exerted by the person seated. The front legs, on the other hand, are made of relatively thin steel tubes because they do not have to support the primary load.

It is important to emphasize that the name of the chair ‘Kangaroo’reveals Prouvé’s sense of humor: with a little imagination, the silhouette of the profile resembles the animal in a seated position.

designboom joins VITRA for a denim-infused celebration on campus vitra

2022 also marks the year that VITRA adds several original Prouvé colors to the palette. Originally designed by the designer himself, the colors drew inspiration from a variety of sources – his Blue Green describes the color of your wheat green, while Gray Vermeer alludes to the gray tones of painter Johannes’ work Vermeer.

designboom joins VITRA for a denim-infused celebration on campus vitra

“Jean Prouvé chose his colors with great care”, said her daughter Catherine Prouvé. “He wasn’t a painter’s son for nothing!

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