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Jan de Jong (Netherlands, 1917-2001) & Dom Hans v.d. Laan (Netherlands, 1904-1991)

Large black painted wooden console table/ lectern

Dom Hans van der Laan was a Dutch Benedictine monk and architect. He was a leading figure in the Dutch ‘Bossche School’. His theories on numerical ratios in architecture, in particular regarding the plastic number, were very influential.

Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor. In the late 1950s the two men worked closely together in the Reconstruction Period after WWII to create a body of work as part of the construction of the churches in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom v.d.Laan’s concepts and ideas into pioneering buildings and spaces

This side table /lectern came out of the town hall in Budel, in The Netherlands designed by Jan de Jong. The town hall and its furniture were designed by him in 1967 as part of a complete environment. Although designed as a free-standing structure, it has an open section to the back  and there are holes drilled to the supporting structure inside for cables to run through…It also has a metal patch to one side and there is evidence of where microphones may have been attached to the top. This all points to it having been used as a working lectern at some time.

The black painted surface is a later colour added whereas the original colour might have been more of a greenish black.



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