For the design of Tabouret Haut, Jean Prouvé drew on a traditional type of bar stool that is still in common use today: a thin round seat resting on top of four long, canted legs. A ring is mounted to the inside of the legs at about a third of their height from the floor, increasing the rigidity of the construction and also serving as a comfortable footrest. Prouvé’s interpretation of this classic type is distinguished by its simple, unpretentious appearance, lucid construction and harmonious proportions.
Jean Prouvé completed his
training as a metal artisan before opening his own workshop in Nancy in 1924.
In the following years he created numerous furniture designs, and in 1947
Prouvé established his own factory. Due to disagreements with the majority shareholders,
he left the company in 1953. During the ensuing decades, Prouvé served as a
consulting engineer on a number of important architectural projects in Paris.