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Jean Prouve Antony Style
In light of his long and successful career, is surprising to learn that Jean Prouvé was self-taught. Born in France in 1901, he grew up surrounded by the ideas and energy of his artist father Victor. Heavily influenced by the energy of l'École de Nancy – a collective School with the philosophy of making art readily accessible to all, the young Prouvé first apprenticed in local workshops. In 1923, aged just 22, he opened the first of his own workshops and in 1930 established the Union of Modern Artists, which carried the manifesto “balance, logic and purity”.   In the 1950s he designed the Antony Chair, originally for the cité universitaire. The chair became known for its robust, but streamlined structure. Prouvé’s dalliance with furniture, however, was relatively short-lived as he focused more on buildings.  Indeed, in 1971 he was made President of the Jury for the design of Le Centre Pompidou in Paris, possibly the single biggest architectural accolade of his career.