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Jean Prouve, 1901-1984: The Dynamics of Creation (Basic Architecture Series) [Paperback]

By Nils Peters & Peter Gssel (Editor)
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French architect and designer Jean Prouv (1901-1984) was one of the most important constructors of the 20th century. Prouv's design innovations included cleverly-shaped metal parts for building prefabricated structures; he designed buildings and furniture that could be produced with economy of labor and material and efficiency in use, while maintaining high technical standards and quality materials. His simple and elegant style, while born from the desire for inexpensive production, has become an imitable aesthetic and has earned him a position as one of the century's most influential designers.

This introduction to Prouv's work gives a profound insight into the variety of his oeuvre and the progressiveness of his inspirational vision.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822848786  
ISBN13  9783822848784  

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review of prouvre book  Nov 29, 2007
very good introduction to Prouvre's work.

This book is really just an overview of his career but it is very well laid out and informative. I think that the conciseness of the book is a real advantage. That said I really want to find out more.
Prouve-Major Modernist Figure  Feb 21, 2007
This is the twentieth volume in the German Publishing Company Taschen's Basic Architecture Series. In previous volumes, Taschen has done an excellent job of summing up the careers of most the world's greatest modernist architects. It is fitting that after the first round of iconic masters, (Mies, Corbusier, Wright, Gropius) that Taschen has now moved on to other important modernist architects and designers.

In most surveys of modern architecture, Jean Prouve's buildings are not prominently featured. He did not design the iconic buildings with which other great architects are usually closely identified. Today, Jean Prouve is probably best known for his furniture designs. However, Prouve contributed to the modernist agenda in other ways. As a designer, he produced some of the first modular metal buildings. Most of the metal buildings we see today are the grandchildren of the designs he first originated in the 1930's. However, his single greatest accomplishment is as one of the inventors of curtain walls. We may not be aware of them but they are all around us.

Jean Prouve's work is not an easily accesible as some of the other great architects and designers of the period. Nevertheless, he was a powerful, inovative figure whose vision helped shaped the modern world. At a ten dollars a volume, this book is another Taschen success.

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