Vitra’s Standard Chair, designed by Jean Prouvé in 1934, has a unique metal structure inspired by Prouvé’s engineering background. Because most of the weight is carried by the chair’s back legs, Prouvé decided to place large, hollow steel legs on the back and slim ones on the front.

The greenish-grey hue of the chair's frame is part of Jean Prouvé’s original colour chart, which he developed himself. The shade is called Gris Vermeer, "Vermeer grey", and it alludes to the grey tones in the works of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. With its pleasantly shaped seat and backrest in oak plywood, the Standard Chair makes an excellent dining chair, and its design matches perfectly with Vitra's EM Table, which was also designed by Prouvé.


Standard chair, Prouvé Gris Vermeer - oak



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Greyish green, natural oak
42 cm
49 cm
82 cm
Seat height
46.5 cm
Frame material
Bent sheet steel and tubular steel with powder coated finish
Seat material
Oak plywood
Backrest material
Oak plywood
10 years (product must be registered at manufacturer's website within 3 months of the purchase date)

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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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