Not only a furniture maker, Jean Prouvé was also an architect, builder and inventor and is the subject of the exhibition A Passion for Jean Prouvé that opens during the Milan Furniture Fair in April. A house built with leftovers and inspired by industrial products and processes, this film by Stan Neumann documents the economy of Jean Prouvé's work focusing on his own home built in 1954. Maison Prouvé was built in Nancy in the south of France for his wife and children with the help of friends and colleagues. Constructed over a few weekends it promised a new pre-fab direction for building types in France at a time of great housing shortages after the second world war.
A Passion for Jean Prouvé explores the furniture and architecture by Prouvé through the collection owned by Laurence and Patrick Seguin who discovered his work in the late 1980s. Forty works include prototypes and extremely rare pieces like the Maison Metropole mounted for the first time on the Lingotto track and early working of the Standard collection now produced by Vitra.
A stop-motion film will be made of the Maison Metropole construction process, with video footage streamed on the Pinacoteca website in the week before it opens at the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Milan.
A Passion for Jean Prouvé opens on 6 April at Turin's Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli gallery designed by Renzo Piano – and just a couple of hours by train from Milan. It continues until 8 September. 2013.