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Tout Bois

Chaise Tout Bois
by Vitra

Designed by
Jean Prouvé
for Vitra 1941

Chaise Tout Bois is the only chair by the French ‘constructeur’ and designer Jean Prouvé that is made entirely out of wood. The design is very similar to Prouvé’s famous Standard chair, but wood was substituted for the metal base due to the scarcity of metal during the Second World War. The form of the Chaise Tout Bois articulates Prouvé’s intention to provide added strength at the transition point between the seat and backrest, where the load weight of the human anatomy is greatest. The profile of the rear frame section – back legs and backrest support – makes reference to this load transfer and is a typical characteristic of Prouvé’s designs for both furniture and architecture.

In 1947, Prouvé won an award for the Chaise Tout Bois in the ‘Meubles de France’ competition. The concept of the competition was to find attractive, high-quality, mass-produced furnishings to meet the post-war needs of society – particularly refugees and young married couples. Later the Chaise Tout Bois was replaced by a knock-down version in metal and wood, which was then supplanted by Model No. 305, likewise combining a metal base with a wooden seat and backrest – known today as the Standard chair.


Available in natural oak or dark-stained oak.


Seat and backrest: moulded plywood veneer
Base: solid wood base
With protective natural lacquer finish.
Glides: carpet glides or felt glides for hard floors.


Width: 460mm x Height: 805mm x Depth: 490mm x Seat Height: 460mm

Lead time+
Approximately 18 - 22 weeks.