Jean Prouvé's EM Table (1950) exhibits a dynamic relationship between the base and tabletop, following in the footsteps of such iconic designs as the Parsons table, the Eames Round Table and Le Corbusier's glass-topped table. Made of sheet metal, each tapered leg is turned out and angled on a diagonal slant to distribute the downward flow of energy on the table, making an incredibly sturdy surface for working or dining. The tabletop is finished in smooth oak veneer and lends a warm counterpoint to the table's mechanical efficiency. Reproduced to exacting standards by Vitra. Made in Germany.
Black lacquered metal legs and tubular cross brace; oak veneer tabletop.
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Jean Prouvé Paris (1901-1984)
As the critical reassessment of 20th century design continues, no greater rediscovery has been made than the work of French engineer/designer Jean Prouvé. "Never design anything that cannot be made," Prouvé once said. He betrayed his training as an engineer with a practical body of work ranging from letter openers and doorknobs to furniture and buildings.
Prouvé was born into an artistic family in Nancy, France; his father, Victor Prouvé, collaborated with the great Art Nouveau artists Emile Gallé and Louis Majorelle as a ceramicist. Prouvé himself was trained as a metalsmith before attending engineering school in Nancy, and his intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career. Read more >