A look back at the work of Jean Prouvé (extract 2/2) 2012

Directed by Peire Legras, 2012. Duration: 31'. © Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion Radio France, France Culture.

Jean Prouvé: You see I find that nothing is as moving as simple architecture. Because it is simple, it is understandable. And souls need things to be understandable. And an architecture that reveals what it’s made of, like a person reveals what he’s made of, which at the same time reveals his aims. And this without camouflage, and above all without artifice. Which is falsely sentimental in fact, and which is short-lived. Current architecture has lost simplicity, and we are trying to save the day with artifice, with fashion, of which we are quickly bored.