When you visit your design hero's house and realise how being a pioneer also means being a bit bonkers.
Prouvé has been an inspiration from when I worked for a Swedish prefab housing company straight out of design school. So far ahead of his time - he built systems of components in his native language of folded metal - kinda like flatpack kit homes.
At his house on the hill in Nancy, you get the full picture of what it means to experiment, to take risks. In this case he built a very functional home with artfully detailed windows, furniture and lighting, a home which architects have to apply to live in for a year. ...only they don't stay for all of it, as it's so poorly insulated from both heat and cold it becomes only habitable for 7-8 months a year. When your philosophy in the mid fifties is to tread lightly on the land and have components which can be assembled without cranes, something's gotta give for the sake of innovation, and insulation. So pleased to see this in the flesh.