Jean Prouvé apprenticed as a black smith before opening his own workshop/studio where these designs were produced. Most of his designs show his amazing intuition for the material properties of wood and metal. Practical efficiency and accessibility without compromising aesthetics was of primary interest in his work. These are values also shared by Eames, McCobb and Frankl, some of his mid-century American contemporaries. He collaborated with architects and other designers throughout his prolific career and the results are even more impressive a generation later .