"Never design anything that cannot be made" is an unlikely statement from a trained engineer, but it was his unique technical knowledge, combined with a respect for art and craftsmanship, which led designer and architect Jean Prouvé to experiment, creating unique pieces using newly developed techniques, such as welding, which became popular among avant-garde architects, such as Robert Mallet-Stevens and Pierre Jeanneret. Prouve tirelessly sought logical solutions, undertaking extensive architectural research into the uses of aluminium. In 1931 he opened "Atelier Jean Prouvé" , creating buildings, including the pavilion for the aluminium centennial in Paris in 1954 and furniture which rejected the Bauhaus style, which became highly successful and much emulated. As one of the most innovative architectural and furniture draftsmen of the 20th century, alongside luminaries and fellow collaborators, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand the work of Prouvé continues to influence and inspire today's designers.