Wednesday, 7 July 2010


in 1991, the parisian design gallerist patrick seguin went to see a discarded prouvé treasure. the ferembal house had been built as the offices for a can factory in nancy in 1948. the factory was demolished 30 years later and the prouvé pre fab nearly ended up in the dumpster. luckily, a local who understood what could be lost, packed it away until seguin came to investigate and took it off his hands. it took him another 10 years to stockpile the funds to renovate the house and another nine – working with prouvé experts in nancy, the designer-engineer-architect’s town, and seguin’s long-term pal, the architect jean nouvel – to actually complete the renovation.

seguin estimates that the building – all one storey and 180 square metres of it – is now worth €8m. but the restored ferembal house is important not because of its price tag but because it is more evidence of the genius in prouvé’s radical utilitarian design.

*slaughtering: wallpaper*
produced a fascinating video detailing the restoration of jean prouve’s ferembal house. the video explains how prouve’s gem was brought back to life. undoubtedly a worth-watching video with aesthetically rich art design and a quite high nostalgic touch.

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