Contemporary Home featuring Jean Prouvé


I normally do not post about contemporary homes, but there are exceptions to every rule. In this case I am making an exception because of the Neutra-esc architecture and great collection of mid-century furniture by Jean Prouvé, Poul Kjaerholm and Serge Mouille that adorn this home.  This San Mateo County, California house designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was completed in 2007.

The seating area below the painting features Jean Prouvé pieces, including a couple of Visiteur armchairs, which according to both Wright and Phillips de Pury Auctions were originally designed in 1941-42 for the Salvoy Hospital (a few variations of this chair were created, these appear to be Model 350 chairs produced c. 1948-1952). Also pictured in the seating area is a Serge Mouille lamp, a Prouvé Cité lounge chair and a Free-form table designed by Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand c. 1953-56.

Prouvé Visiteur lounge chair Model 350. via Wright Auctions

This appears to be a sketch of the Visiteur chair or version of it known as the Visiteur Kangourou chair. Via

Free-Form coffee table by Prouvé and Perriand, c. 1953-56.

The Cité lounge chair, originally designed for a competition to furnish the student residence halls at the University of Nancy, France, c. 1930, was even used in the Prouvé's own home. Picture is a Vitra reproduction.


Here is another Prouvé sketch of what looks to be the Cité lounge chair. via Centre Pompidou

Prouvé seated in a Cité lounge chair. Photo: Bibliothèque Kandinsky

Serge Mouille single arm standing floor lamp as pictured in the homes seating area. via Rewire

The dining area features Prouvé chairs as well; there were a few versions of these chairs produced, but I believe those pictured are early Demountable No. 300 side chairs (a version of this chair is sometimes referred to as the "Caféteria Chair" for its use in the Cafeteria des Arts et Metiers at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris).  The dining table pictured in the home is a very rare Prouvé Compas work table.  

Prouvé Demountable chair, Model 300, c.1947. via Galarie Half

This appears to be an early sketch of the Demountable, Model 300 chair. via Centre Pompidou

Rare Jean Prouvé Compas work table. via Dorotheum Auctions


Serge Mouille lamps everywhere

 Mouille 3-arm standing floor lamp. via Guéridon

Mouille 2-arm rotating sconce. via Guéridon




For more photos and information about the home see the original post on Home DSGN. Photos: Nic LeHoux.

4 comments:

Ray Garrod said...

amazing Kevin. Your research deserves longer posts like this - tumblr works for some of the images from the posts but these posts are soooo good. Ray :)

Mid-Centuria said...

Thanks again Ray, I really appreciate your opinion! :)

findingfabulous said...

Wow what a stunning collection and beautiful house. Now if they would just just splurge on a touch of humour, it would be perfect. Thanks for a great post. This Prouvé post from Mondo Blogo was one of the funniest/saddest best posts ever...http://mondo-blogo.blogspot.com/2011/01/hey-wanna-sell-that-chair.html

Mid-Centuria said...

Thanks! I saw the post about the "rescued" Prouvé pieces and to be honest... ughhh I don't want to get into how I feel about it. Here is the link again.

http://mondo-blogo.blogspot.com/2011/01/hey-wanna-sell-that-chair.html