The sculptural simplicity and production in series are distinctive characteristics of the work of Jean Prouvé. Both aspects are incorporated in the table Trapèze, designed initially together with the chair Antony for the French university campus of Antony.
Jean Prouvé did not make any difference between design and production, neither between architectural works and furniture: the economics of materials, assembly methods, and the aesthetics of the structure emerge regardless of its form or dimensions. To create pieces at a reasonable price point and easy to produce in series, he uses materials made for the aeronautics and automobile industry.
In was at the end of the Second World War, an afterwar period market by the increased popularity for fiberglass at a commercial level, when Sori Yanagi took advantage and produced his first 100% plastic stool, designed for the exclusive laboratory purpose. It responded at two fundamental requisites: was lightweight and stackable.
The BALL CLOCK or ATOMIC was designed in 1947 by George Nelson for Howeard Miller Company, and it immediately became an icon of the Fifties. Originally it had a central part made of brass and varnished in red, from which were radiating twelve brass rays with wooden balls at their ends colored same red. The black arrows indicating the time were in geometrical shapes: a triangle to indicate the hour and an ellipse to indicate minutes. Like a molecular structure of an atom, that design was an attempt to calm the nuclear energy. This wall clock free of numbers reflects a metaphysical condition where the time passes without any reference.
HANG IT ALL was made of varnished wire and colored wooden balls, created to help kids get organized with their clothes, and make them find a place for every item they have: coat, scarves, and gloves, but also for roller skates and other playground games. These colorful wooden balls float in different directions and different heights typically to an infant environment.
The first time, the Lounge Chair was created custom made. Only some years later, Eames has adapted its design to be able to produce it at a larger scale at an industrial level. The prototype was designed by Don Albison at the Eames Office and inserted into the production line at Herman Miller in 1956. Since 1958 though, this sitting is sold under the Italian famous design brand VITRA.