(8 April 1901 – 23 March 1984)
A Man of Many Interests:
It was a picture of a stylish bicycle frame that attracted me to the works of Jean Prouvé. I was clicking through inspiration photos when I happened across it, and after I began researching more about the man who built this beautiful bike, his works continued to intrigue me. It seemed we shared some similar passions, albeit not political ones, but he was a multifaceted and a very diverse builder of things. As I read more about him it was apparent that he was fascinated with changing lifestyle altogether. Whether it was how one lived, worked, or even arrived at a destination, he had a vision for a more stylish and even affordable way to do so. As with many talented engineer brains, he was attracted to simplicity, but also had a vision for symmetry, function, cost, and somehow was able to wrap it all up in an artful package. This kind of design inspires me.
When I was developing the “Eclipse” block, Jean Prouvé’s doors from the Maisons Tropicals design was the first thing that popped into my head. He is not what I would have characterized at first glance as mid-century modern, but rather reminded me of a futuristic, more Walt Disneyesque mindset, always envisioning more of the future than the present. To me, our eclipse block was that. Very simple, form fitting, versatile, and with both a cubicle and circular form, contains ridged modern corners but with a softer light-manipulating, solar system inspired center.
Below, I’ve linked some references to pages of interest on the web where you might find more imagery and information on Jean Prouvé and his works. He is one of many of my inspirations and I hope to share more of them with you as time passes.