Jean Prouvé was as prolific as he was brilliant, mass-producing furniture and prefab dwellings at a rate that outstripped his contemporaries. But among his oeuvre, Maison Gauthier holds a special spot as this dwelling was designed for his daughter François.
The four-bedroom French property sits on a hillside in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, southwest of Nancy, and was completed in 1962. Prouvé had already built his own family home in Nancy by this point and used this experience to bed Maison Gauthier in its terrain, peeking out over the town.
A concrete slab foundation supports prefabricated insulated aluminium panel walls, which form the frame of the house. Meanwhile, a ‘domestic block’ containing the kitchen and bathroom is at the core of the home with light-filled corridors and bedrooms fanning off around it, outfitted with vast glass expanses to capture the views.
Classic Prouvé touches come via exposed pillars, curved nautical doors and windows, and a midcentury cast-iron fireplace.
Maison Gauthier is for sale via Espaces Atypiques for €1.75m.