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.
1971年，他又一次在建筑史上留下了自己的名聲，當時他在選擇倫佐·皮諾(Renzo Piano)和理查德·羅杰斯(Richard Rogers)的設計中扮演了重要的角色。Prouve的作品涵蓋了各種各樣的物體，從開信器到門窗配件，從照明和家具到立面元素和預制房屋，從模塊化的建筑系統到大型的展覽結構——基本上，幾乎任何適合工業生產方法的東西。
He left his mark on architectural history again in 1971, when he played a major role in selecting the design of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers for the Centre Pompidou as chairman of the competition jury. Prouvé's work encompasses a wide range of objects, from a letter opener to door and window fittings, from lighting and furniture to fa?ade elements and prefabricated houses, from modular building systems to large exhibition structures – essentially, almost anything that is suited to industrial production methods.