This year's Design Maimi/ Basel brought out the best in design galleries from around the world. One which stood out most to us at DeTnk was the presentation of Jean Prouvé's Métropole Aluminium presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin.
The Metropole House perfectly illustrates Prouvé’s research on demountable architecture and nomadic housing, which he initiated on the eve of the Second World War and continued long after. This study more particularly took shape through the design of the 6x6 and 6x9 meters Houses, as well as through the Tropical House and the Ferembal House exhibited last year during the 2010 FIAC in the Tuileries Gardens.
Winner of a 1949 Ministry of Education competition for a "mass-producible rural school with classroom and teacher accommodation", the Ateliers Jean Prouvé built two of the buidllings, one in Vantoux in Moselle and the other in Bouqueval, near Paris.