Vitra's Rayonnage Mural is a distinctive wall shelf, designed by Jean Prouvé in 1936, characterised by the geometric shape of its two vertical brackets. A recurring feature in several Prouvé designs, the shape is reminiscent of an airplane or a ship's rudder, and it brings fascinating three-dimensionality to the otherwise understated design.

The vivid blue shade of the shelf belongs to Jean Prouvé's original colour chart, which he developed himself. The name of the colour, Bleu Marcoule, comes from a power plant in Marcoule, France, for which Prouvé designed blue-hued furniture in the 1950s.

Like most of Prouvé's creations, the Rayonnage Mural itself was designed for a specific project: the École Nationale Professionnelle in the city of Metz. Made of wood and metal, the shelf is sure to fit a variety of spaces, serving a myriad of purposes. What would you fill it with: books, collectibles or something else entirely?


Rayonnage Mural shelf, Prouvé Bleu Marcoule - oak



In stock on 18 Apr, 2023



Natural oak, blue
118 cm
25 cm
70 cm
Powder-coated bent sheet steel, oiled solid oak
Includes wall mounts in aluminium.

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Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé (1909–1984) was a French metal artisan, engineer and self-taught architect and designer, who had a great influence on European post-war design and design philosophy. Social conscience and easy accessibility were essential starting points for Prouvé’s designs, which were often based on prefabricated housing, modular systems and mass-production. 

Prouvé opened his own workshop in Nancy, France in 1924, and later expanded it into a furniture factory. Prouvé’s designs were widely used in French public institutes, and his prefabricated houses known as 'Maison Tropicale' were also sent to French colonies in Africa in mid-twentieth century. His background as a metal worker and engineer characterizes his best known designs, such as the Standard chair and Em table currently produced by Vitra.

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