The Standard SP (2013), or Siège en Plastique, introduces a new material to the iconic steel and wood chair designed by Jean Prouvé in 1934. A project that began in 2002, the SP is the result of a special collaboration between Vitra and the Prouvé family. By making use of today’s materials, the SP continues the designer’s goal to unite functional requirements, honest use of materials and economical concerns with the unique demands of mass production. In other words, it’s still an authentic Prouvé chair, but at a lower price than the Standard Chair with wood seat and back. Whether creating letter openers, doorknobs, furniture or prefab houses, Prouvé strove for the most efficient designs, with such classic end results as his Standard Chair. Suitable for residential and commercial use. Made in Germany.
Molded sheet steel and tubular steel frame with powder-coated finish; ASA plastic seat and back; plastic floor glides.
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 >