Futuristic Jean Prouvé home is for sale in France’s Saint-Die-des-Vosges

Designed for his daughter and son-in-law

This futuristic 1960s French house by Jean Prouvé is a poetic mix of industrial and rustic design and is on sale for €1.484 via Patrice Besse.

Jean Prouvé created Dr Gauthier’s House for his daughter, Françoise, and son-in-law in 1962, above Saint-Die-des-Vosges in the forested Vosges mountains. It’s located 50 miles outside of Nancy and is listed as a historical monument that embodies many of Prouvé’s design ideas on materials and forms.

The six-bedroom Grand Est house has curved-edged, striated aluminium sheet walls, set on a concrete platform, with a flat corrugated roof. Its metal sides are interspersed with bands of glazing and nautical-style curved windows and doorways.

Wooden ceilings overhang the roofline, and red clay floor tiles flow out to the terrace. Meanwhile, expansive windows fill the house with light and views.

Jean Prouve’s house in Saint-Die-des-Vosges
Photography: Patrice Besse

Using U-shaped cross beams, Prouvé created wide, open living spaces and partitions the kitchen, bathroom and utility rooms in a central core with lozenge windows. An original Prouvé plinth-perched trapezoid metal fireplace adds warmth alongside wall-hung shelving and fitted furniture.

Dr Gauthier’s House sits on a 1.5-acre plot with part of its lower story and garage are set into its raised garden.

Take an armchair tour of its midcentury spaces.

Jean Prouve’s house in Saint-Die-des-Vosges
Photography: Patrice Besse
Dr Gauthier's house is embedded into a sloping 1.5 acre plot, with its lower level sunk into the hillside
Photography: Patrice Besse

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