Former plummet factory in ruins, the Friche de l’Escalette, located on the path of the Goudes, Marseille, presents a unique prototype of “L’habitat Tropical Cameroun”, removable, designed by Jean Prouvé. The art collector Eric Touchaleaume, owner of Gallery 54, in Paris, bought the Friche de l’Escalette, staged on a hill facing the sea, in 2011. He wished to rehabilitate it by preserving and consolidating the remains of the factory (partially destroyed during the Second World War) and a habitat built illegally after his disaffection, in 1925. Éric Touchaleaume has acquired a unique prototype of “L’habitat tropical du Cameroun”, metal frame, for housing and school in tropical zone, designed by Jean Prouvé between 1958 and 1964. It is exposed in the Friche de l’Escalette and furnished with armchairs “Chandigarh”, signed Pierre Jeanneret.
Crédits photos : Droits Réservés © 2016 – Archives Eric Touchaleaume / Galerie 54