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Trapèze. Jean prouvé.


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It would be difficult to find another table in 20th century furniture design that matches the striking image of Trapeze. Its name refers to the distinctive shape of the table’s paired legs. Together with the thick, obliquely canted edges of the tabletop, they give visual emphasis to the construction’s stability. Trapeze works well as a dining table, and also as a conference or work table.

Like the Antony chair, the Trapèze table was originally developed for the Cité Universitaire in Antony near Paris and numbers among the final pieces created by the French ‘constructeur’ Jean Prouvé in the area of furniture design.

Jean Prouvé, who always considered himself a design engineer, was also the designer and manufacturer of his product ideas. His unique range of designs includes letter openers, door and window fittings, lamps and furniture – and even prefabricated houses and modular construction systems; essentially, anything that can be designed and industrially manufactured.

Technical description: Legs and central traverse made of black lacquered sheet steel. Tabletop with black laminate finish.

standard size: 87.75″ d | 28.5″ w | 28.25″ h
large size: 127.25″ d | 28.5″ w | 28.25″ h

designer: jean prouvé
producer: vitra
materials: lacquered steel, black laminate top
period: 1950, 1954

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Object ID: 30580
Category/function: dining room · furniture · home office · kitchen · Producer L > Z · steel · work surfaces

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