On the occasion of the exhibition JEAN PROUVÉ: Architect of the better days the LUMA Foundation publishes in collaboration with Phaidon Press a book on the architectures of the French designer and builder Jean Prouvé. A trained ironworker, Jean Prouvé saw himself more as an engineer-builder than a designer-architect. In its wide range of products, from lighting to furniture, exhibition stands and shelving, its modular buildings occupy an important place. This book includes two unpublished essays, one by Professor Mark Wigley, architect, critic, theorist and dean emeritus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the other by Philippe Trétiack, architect, urban planner, author and critic of French architecture. There is also a rich historical and iconographic documentation (images of archives and other more contemporary, drawings and handwritten notes) on the work of Jean Prouvé in general and in particular on twelve prefabricated buildings created between 1939 and 1969, which are present at LUMA Arles until next spring. This beautiful book of 240 pages shows us the talent and ingenuity of a key figure of French architecture of the twentieth century. PROVEN JEAN: Architect of the Better Days is now available on Phaidon Press’s online store, as well as on Amazon.fr.
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