As far as designer star power goes, the Beaubourg chair just may top the list for its contributors.
First conceived by prizewinning architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano in the early 1970s for the Centre Pompidou, the chair design was ultimately completed by Michel Cadestin (1942) and Georges Laurent (1886-1964). The work was crowned the winner of a competition judged by none other than the legendary French metalworker and designer Jean Prouvé.
The chair has a supple leather seat and back which have an aged patina with a frame of latticed stainless steel joined together with simple metal studs. No longer in production, the chairs live on as true collector’s items, significant for both their distinctive design and their indelible connection to Centre Pompidou.