Jean Nouvel Furniture
History & Description
Having failed the entrance exam for the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, Nouvel moved to Paris where he won first prize in a national competition which allowed him to attend the distinguished École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Art. In the late sixties Nouvel was an assistant to architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio who put Nouvel in charge of building a large apartment complex after only one year of their employment.
Although well-known for his architectural work, Jean Nouvel has also produced a small number of furniture items, such as tables, chairs, sofas, luminaires, cupboards and bookcases.
His furniture lines have been produced by some of the most important contemporary furniture manufacturers, such as Troll, Methis, Ligne Roset and Unifor.
Nouvel has been awarded a number of prestigious distinctions throughout his career, including the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008.
Guide for collectors
At present, instances of Jean Nouvel furniture sold through either national or international auction houses are extremely rare. Furthermore, prices can vary considerably and while some Nouvel furniture has been known to sell for €1,000 (see below) other items have sold for less than a hundred euros. For example, on April 23rd 2008, a Jean Nouvel table was sold for just €63 through Christie’s in Paris.
Jean Nouvel furniture can be purchased from either online contemporary furniture dealers, such as Made In Design, or direct from furniture manufacturers, like Matteograssi, Ligne Roset and Troll.
Notable auction sales
On June 28th 2011 at Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH in Munich, a pair of MM chairs, designed by Jean Nouvel and manufactured by Matteograssi, circa 2003, realised a price of €900.
On April 30th 2011 at Leclere in Marseille, a table designed by Jean Nouvel, circa 1995, realised a price of €1,000.