The slender, elegantly splayed metal legs of the Compas Direction desk by Jean Prouvé call to mind the hinged arms of a compass – ‘le compas’ in French. Their design is based on engineering principles that typify the structural approach of the French designer and engineer. Paired with the oiled solid wood table tops, they form a richly contrasting mix of materials in the home office.
- Table Top: Solid Wood, Oiled; Natural Oak, Smoke Oak or American Walnut.
- Base: Moulded Sheet Steel, Powder-coated.
- Height: 73 cm / 28 3/4 inch
- Width: 60 cm / 23 1/2 inch
- Length: 125 cm / 49 1/4 inch
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Their products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, bringing together engineering excellence with the creative genius of today’s leading international designers. It is Vitra’s goal to create furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring. Founded in 1950, Vitra produces many products from internationally recognized designers such as Verner Panton, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen and Jasper Morrison.
Vitra Jean Prouve Compas Direction Table Designed by:
- Jean Prouve , 1953
France, 1901 - 1984
Jean Prouvé is one of the most influential furniture designers of the early modern design movement. Prouvé introduced industrial, engineered modern design aesthetic to interiors in the steel and aluminum furniture he created.
Jean Prouvé was born into an artistic family in Nancy, France; his famous father, Victor Prouvé, collaborated with the great Art Nouveau artists Emile Galle and Louis Majorelle. Prouvé was trained as a metal smith before attending engineering school in Nancy and his intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career. After opening his own workshop in 1923, he began producing modern metal furniture of his own design as well as collaborating with some of the best-known French modern designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His shelving units for the dormitories at the Cite Internationale universitaire de Paris, designed with Perriand and the artist Sonia Delaunay in 1952, are perhaps the best-known examples of his collaborative work.
Jean Prouvé strove for the most efficient designs, with such classic results as the Standard Chair, 1934 and the Cite Chair of 1930. Utilizing his innovative method of folding sheet metal, Jean Prouvé designed a series of tables that have the perceived lightness of bridges and the presence of architecture. In the mid 1950s Jean Prouve began devoting his time to the challenges of prefabricated architecture. His own house, which he designed as a prototype, is now considered a major development in prefab housing.