The Maison Metropole by Jean Prouvé on the Lingotto track

For the first time the aluminum construction is to be mounted in Turin

by Valentina Ieva
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In the occasion of  “A PASSION FOR JEAN PROUVE’ – FROM FORNITURE TO ARCHITECTURE” exhibition devoted to French designer, Jean ProuvéThe Maison Metropole (8×12 meters) is now to be mounted for the first time on the Lingotto track, in Turin. The buildings will stand there from today until March 27th 2013.

The Ateliers Jean Prouvé built two of them, one in Bouqueval, near Paris, and the other in Vantoux in Moselle. In 1949 this aluminum construction won a Ministry of Education competition for “mass-producible rural school with classroom and teacher accommodation”.

Watch the live streaming of The Maison Metropole assembling

The exhibition at Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is from the collection owned by Laurence and Patrick Seguin. It will open on April 6th to September 8th 2013.

Laurence and Patrick Seguin discovered the work of Jean Prouvé, in the late 1980s, through his furniture designs. They were immediately struck by the unique aesthetic of these pieces, where the artistic skill lies wholly in imperceptible technical mastery devoted to enhancing the strength of the materials. While at the time very few people had even heard of Jean Prouvé, their enthusiasm for his captivating lines was immediate, a revelation that became a true passion.

    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)