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声，当时他在选择伦佐·皮诺(Renzo Piano)和理查德·罗杰斯(Richard Rogers)的设计中扮演了重要的角色。Prouve的作品涵盖了各种各样的物体，从开信器到门窗配件，从照明和家具到立面元素和预制房屋，从模块化的建筑系统到大型的展览结构——基本上，几乎任何适合工业生产方法的东西。
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 façade elements and prefabricated houses, from modular building systems to large exhibition structures – essentially, almost anything that is suited to industrial production methods.