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Vitra Compas Direction Writing Desk

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Vitra Compas Direction Writing Desk

Jean Prouvé developed the Compas table in various models around 1950, applying the construction principles that he is known for. All share elegantly splayed, narrow legs in metal, a formal reminder of a compass - in French, "le compas". The oiled solid wood table top gives the Compas Direction an individual touch. With its compact dimensions, the table is ideal for the contemporary, largely paperless, home office, where it cuts a fine figure.Dimensions:

Dimensions:

  • Overall: 28.75" H x 49.25" W x 23.5" D

About the Designer

Jean Prouve

Jean Prouve France (1904 - 1984)

Jean Prouvé, born 1901 in Paris, was trained as a metal artisan under Emile Robert, Enghien und Szabo in Paris. In 1924 he opened his own workshop in Nancy and began to produce his first furnishings made of formed sheet steel in 1925. He was a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) in 1930. In the following year he established his own manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé. During the 1930s, the company produced numerous furniture designs, as well as some of the first prefabricated architectural elements, including components for the Maison du Peuple in Clichy (in collaboration with the architects Beaudoin and Lods), whose steel-and-glass structure attracted a great deal of attention. Due to the scarcity of steel during the Second World War, Prouvé constructed wood furniture and developed simple houses made out of prefabricated parts. Active in the French Résistance, Prouvé was elected mayor of Nancy after the city was liberated. He designed and constructed residential buildings for the homeless. In 1947 he established the Maxéville factory, a facility of 25,000 square meters in which furnishings, prefabricated homes and schools were produced by 200 employees. In order to meet the increasing demand for furniture, this division came under the direction of Steph Simon as a separate division with exclusive marketing rights in 1949. Due to disagreements with the majority shareholders, Jean Prouvé left the company in 1953. He designed and built his own residence in 1954. After working as head of the construction office of the Compagnie Industrielle de Matériel de Transport (CIMT) in Paris between 1957-68, Prouvé ran his own architectural consulting firm in Paris from 1968-84. He taught as professor at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) from 1957-70. As chairman of the jury for the Centre Pompidou architectural competition in 1971, he played a major role in selecting the design of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Between 1980-84, Prouvé again turned his attention to the further development of his furniture designs. He died in Nancy in 1984. In many of his works, Jean Prouvé achieved the goal of uniting functional requirements, the honest use of materials and economical concerns with the complex demands of mass production. Beginning in 2002, in close collaboration with the Prouvé family, Vitra has devoted itself to the re-edition of numerous designs by this great constructeur.

Vitra Compas Direction Writing Desk

Weights & Dimensions

  • Overall: 28.75" H x 49.25" W x 23.5" D
  • 28.75" H x 49.25" W x 23.5" D

Features

Desk Type: Writing DeskTop Finish: 1: Brown
Top Finish: 2: OakTop Material: Wood
Base Material: WoodStyle: Contemporary
Design: Standard DeskKeyboard Tray: No
Cabinets Included: NoCasters Included: No
Hutch Included: NoTreadmill Included: No
Application: Home OfficeCountry of Manufacture: Germany

About the Manufacturer

Founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum, Vitra has been the retailer of the works of many internationally renowned furniture designers. Throughout those 50 years Vitra has had one goal: to make the place of work as appealing, productive, and healthy as possible. Vitra furniture can be found in countless successful companies and organizations, as well as in the homes of many private individuals with an affinity for design.

Convinced that rooms and interior design have a decisive influence on people's motivation, performance, and health, Vitra has made it their mission to develop furniture and furnishing systems that stimulate, inspire, and motivate, while also offering the body comfort, safety, and support. In order to attain this goal, Vitra has worked with their specialized team and renowned designers. Over the years, Vitra has exemplified that they are not afraid to experiment with new and bold ideas and eagerly anticipate and look forward to facing the new challenges of the world of work.

Vitra is vigorously persistent in creating products of the highest quality. Once in the factory, the Vitra staff manufactures the furniture to precise standards, individually ensuring the quality of each product. The focus on quality does not end at the factory door. Providing clients with premier service is just as important as manufacturing furniture. In order to further ensure the high quality in all Vitra products, Vitra has set up their own test center which monitors products against criteria that are far more stringent than the statutory standards.

Awards:

  • 1991 Design Prize Switzerland
  • 1994 Corporate Design Award, iF Industrie Forum Design Hannover
  • 1994 European Community Design Award
  • 1998 "German Prize for Communications Design" for the multi-media efforts of Vitra, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen

STYLE

The Compas Direction Writing Desk is a Contemporary style product. Contemporary style bridges the gap between traditional and modern. Pieces feature simple and clean lines with smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. You can shop for more Contemporary Desks in the Office section of our site.

Vitra Compas Direction Writing Desk

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OUR SKU # VTA1582

Compas Direction Writing Desk is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: 212 027 00 70 06, 212 027 00 70 12, 212 027 00 70 40, 212 027 00 70 80, 212 027 00 70 88, 212 027 00 75 06, 212 027 00 75 12, 212 027 00 75 40, 212 027 00 75 80, 212 027 00 75 88, 212 027 00 90 06, 212 027 00 90 12, 212 027 00 90 40, 212 027 00 90 80, 212 027 00 90 88

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