Vitra’s EM Table is a streamlined table which was designed by the French engineer and designer Jean Prouvé for the modernist, prefabricated housing project La Maison Tropicale in 1950. EM Table’s powder-coated steel frame and diagonal legs adhere to the structural principles of architecture and engineering. The simple, rectangular tabletop is available in solid wood or laminate. EM Table is a timeless classic as a dining or conference table, and its shape and colours match seamlessly with Prouvé’s Standard chairs.
Em Table 200 x 90 cm, asphalt - japanese red
- Dark grey, dark red
- 200 cm
- 90 cm
- 74 cm
- 40 mm thick high pressure laminate table top, base bent steal with powder coated finish
- Table top material
- 40 mm thick high pressure laminate
- Frame material
- Bent steal with powder coated finish
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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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