Jean Prouvé’s demountable house sold for £ 325,000 at auction in London


The new kit structure is one of the 400 put into service by the French government in 1944 to relocate the victims of the war in Lorraine.

The house cost significantly more than Bonham’s pre-auction estimate of £ 220,000 to £ 280,000.

In its later years, the 75-year-old prefabricated axial portico building had been used as a pool house within the grounds of a larger property in Meurthe-et-Moselle, north-eastern France.

Its owner, based in Pierre-la-Treiche, inherited the Demountable 6 x 9 ‘house of their parents who had lived in the building since the mid-1940s. The family built a property on the plot adjoining the jewel of Prouvé, where it remained as garden furniture until its development. auction.

Prouvé (1901-1984), a self-taught metallurgist, architect and designer, played a key role in the development of advanced technology and modular systems for mass production in the post-war modernist period.

He designed the demountable house, with its standardized metal fixings and woodwork elements, in response to an order from the Ministry of Reconstruction and Town Planning in 1944 to create temporary housing for homeless people from WWII. global.

Prouvé’s “economical and adaptable” solution could be built in a single day and easily be disassembled, transported and reassembled elsewhere as needed.

Although 800 were ordered, only 400 were produced, many of which are now in museum collections.

In 2015, Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners (RSHP) modernized a smaller version of the collapsible house for use as a vacation home which was shown at Art Basel 2015.


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