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Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)

“Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15.

Produced by Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Oy Turku. 1930s.

A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs. This chair is made from laminated and solid birch. It has its original black finish.

The chair was co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930. Illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21

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Rene Gabriel (France 1890 – 1950)

Pair of Oak Armchairs 1940s-50s

Original back cushions/ later seat cushions.

French decorative artist and designer who specialized in furniture able to be mass-produced. He had a clean, logical style that inspired many of the new designers in the years after WWII. Gabriel’s aesthetic combined elegance with uncompromising rigour. He inspired the new generation of designers of the 1950s

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Marcel Breuer (Hungary 1902-1981)

B56 Stool chromed metal and woven cane seat.

Designed 1928 Manufactured by Thonet 1930s.

Marcel Breuer known for his association with the Bauhaus designed some of the most iconic chromed tubular metal furniture in the c20th. He was one of the masters of modernism. This stool is a compacted essay in space and material. Although its Thonet badge is now missing the remains of the pin can be seen impressed in the side.

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Lit.:
A. v. Vegesack, Deutsche Stahlrohrmöbel. 650 Modelle aus Katalogen von 1927–1958, Munich, 1986, p. 78

 

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Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976)

Model E90, lacquered plywood birch stacking stool. Designed 1933 – Finmar label

This is an early and rare version of this iconic 1930s design.

Finmar were a wholesale company who imported Aalto design plywood furniture from Finland to the UK during the early c20th. The Finmar label is one of the few ways of certifying an early version of this stool.

In very good condition.

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Anonymous (U.K. 1920s-30s)

Small constructivist plywood side table

We are still researching this small table. It has similarities to various under-appreciated early British modernist designer/makers from the early c20th including Gerald Summers, Isokon/ Jack Pritchard etc. and captures the spirit of the early British constructivist architects and artists.

A handful of designer/makers like Summers and Isokon used plywood before the WWII. Unlike most other furniture makers of the day, they did not feel compelled to cover it in a veneer of a more exotic wood. In the early 30s Summers began to experiment with a special kind of plywood called “aeroplane ply” and, as Martha Deese wrote in the Journal of Design History, “this exceptionally thin and flexible material had a revolutionary impact on Summers’s emerging style” (Martha Deese, “Gerald  Summers and Makers of Simple Furniture,” Journal of Design History, vol. 5, no. 3 (1992), pp. 183–205). During the period plywood enabled designers to evolve an organic idiom of curved surfaces and curvilinear outlines, which exploited the inherent capabilities of this pliable material. (*Cerio,2009)

The base of its sculptural design is made from 3mm aeroplane ply. The top that swivels around the base in three section can be folded away or left up as shown. The top is a thicker plywood.

54cm High x 55cm diameter.

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*Information on Summers gained from Gergory Cerio whose article ‘Bold, Bright and Unappreciated can be found at:- http://themagazineantiques.com/article/british-furniture-at-mid-century/

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ADO workers 1930s – Photo – Collection of the Coda museum Apeldoorn. NL.

Ko Verzuu (Netherlands 1901-1971)

ADO wooden toy chairs – Circa. 1930s

Between 1925 and 1955 influenced by the Dutch Modernist De Stijl painters and designers Ko Verzuu designed many children’s toys. His designs were inextricably bound up with innovations in art, health care and pedagogy in the first half of the 20th century. In 1920, the sanatorium Berg en Bosch was founded in the sanctuary on the outskirts of Apeldoorn. This sanatorium offered rest and care to tuberculosis patients.

Once patients had recovered from their illness, returning to regular working life often proved to be difficult. In order to prepare patients better for their reintegration, the sanatorium developed a modern treatment: occupational therapy.

One of the ways this took shape was in the production of wooden toys. These toys were given the name ADO; an abbreviation that initially stood for Arbeid door Onvolwaardigen (Labour by the Deficient), but was wisely changed to Apart Doelmatig Onverwoestbaar (Special Functional Indestructible) in 1962.

These chairs are examples of the more seldom seen larger scaled furniture made by ADO.

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Marianne Brandt

(Germany, 1893-1983)

GMF Touch light desk lamp, ca. 1933

It is common for the design of this rare lamp to be attributed to the Bauhaus designer Marianne Brandt for obvious reasons, including the fact that it is stamped GMF (Gotha Metal Fabric previously named Ruppel). The GMF company like Ruppel before them were known to have produced many of Brandt’s designs during the period. In addition the design is composed completely of geometric elements common to all of Brandt’s designs but especially because of the touch pad base that works as a switch. However, the original plastic shade we have never seen before which leads us to question whether this lamp was a particularly early production. Ultimately this is a rare version or a rare lamp – something of interest for any collectors of early modernism and modernist design.

It is lacquered in a seldom seen racing green colour and still has its original wiring in good condition.

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