Jean Prouvé was a French architect and designer, born in Paris in 1901. He began his training as an autodidact to later work in the workshop of a blacksmith and finally open his own workshop and design atelier in 1924. He was one of the first to devote himself to metal prefabrication, thus becoming a consultant and collaborator with several architects and designers such as Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. His design skills were not only limited to industrial design and furniture making, but also extended into the architectural and structural fields. Jean Prouvé has left an important mark on the history of architecture, including playing a major role during the selection of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' design for the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1971. He designs a wide range of furniture elements, large exhibition structures and modular building systems combining material and structural functionality with aesthetic beauty.