The Poetics of the Technical Object
11 March to 21 June 2009
From March 2009 on, the Imperial Furniture Collection is showcasing the comprehensive and systematic exhibition on the furniture and architecture of the french designer Jean Prouvé (1901 - 1984) in cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.
Jean Prouvé inspires us as someone who knew what it meant to combine creativity, entrepreneurship and the ethics of work. He coupled handicraft with industry and design with architecture extending his experience yet further with each new step - as craftsman of Art déco, as manufacturer and constructer of furniture and architecture and, finally, as a highly valued teacher. He never sought to envolve his own unique style but consistently sought logical answers to desired functions and the available means for their realisation. And yet it is precisely this which accounts for the authentic, unmistakable characteristic stamp that all his works bear.
Today, Prouvé is prized as one of the most innovative architectural and furniture draftsmen of the 20th century. Thanks to his technical knowledge of production, he consistenly developed detachable, light constructions - from small barracks to large halls, multifunctional facade systems as well as movable or dismountable, extremely solid furniture. As a consequence of the increasing enthusiasm for technology in recent years Prouvé´s influential inventions in building construction and simple industrial functional furniture have been acknowledged once again and hence experienced a renewed appreciation.
The most original furniture pieces will be exhibited together with several original architectural elements as well as numerous architectural models, photographs and original sketches on architecture and furniture.