Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Historic demountable building goes to auction today

Technically this is a house, although at 6m x 9m, it could definitely be used as a large co-shedworking garden office space. It was the brainchild of French designer Jean Prouvé (1901-84) who came up with the prefab idea for families who had been made homeless during the second world war. Made of timber, painted steel, corrugated aluminium, and glass, it could be built in a day. A great idea, but only 400 were ever made and one of the few remaining examples is coming up for auction today at Bonham's in London, estimate around the £220-£280k mark.

Marcus McDonald, UK Director, Modern Decorative Art + Design, said: "The demountable house was both a practical solution to an immediate problem and an important design landmark. These stylish small-scale architectural feats are now highly sought-after design works, appearing in galleries around the world, and inspiring new generations of makers. We are very excited to be able to offer a superlative example – which until quite recently had remained in the same family collection since it was acquired."

 

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