Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland 1914-1999)
Pirkka stool for Laukaan Puu. Finland. 1950s.
Marked to the underside with full designer/ company brandished markings.
Price: 1150 Euro
Alexandre Noll (France, 1890-1970)
Lidded ebony wood box, signed
French sculptor and woodworker was well know for his dogmatic belief in wood, both as a material and for its spiritual qualities; the relationship between humankind and nature. His works extend to domestic objects and sometimes into the realm of sculpture – Noll was one of the most important forces in the mid-c20th who actively maintained the need to blur the distinctions between the arts and the crafts. His work reveals the organic continuity in all objects.
This exceptionally large sized, important piece by the artist (approx. 22cm long) has been carved in two parts from one large piece of dark madagascan ebony wood. It is signed underneath by the artist.
please click on the Merzbau logo (top left) to see all of our current listings.
W.(Wim) Den Boon (Netherlands, 1912-1968)Pair of triangular side tables, 1950s
chromed steel and formica board.
The Dutch architect Wim Den Boon alongside Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp formed the ‘Group&’ in the period shortly after WWII as part of the Dutch ‘Goed Wonen’ (Good living) movement. They focused on designing purist interior furniture and design that fitted in seamlessly with the functionalist designs of the thirties.
By the 1950s Den Boon broke with ‘Group &’ and established himself as an independent furniture designer in The Hague. From that time and throughout the 60s he was responsible for many interiors and renovation projects, particularly in The Hague. These two tables (one shown) were designed as part of the interiors of one of those projects – The tables can be seen within the complete interior of a house in the images of Peter Voge’s biography of Den Boon.
As seen, the design of these tables was ahead of its time – There are visible influences of Rietveld and De Stijl or even the Scandinavian designs of Kjaerholm. At his best Den Boon designed some of the most futuristic interiors during the 1950s. His furniture is rare to find and most of it can only be experienced through photographic documentation.
Ref: Peter Voge “Wim Den Boon Binnenhuisarchitect”
Hein Stolle (Netherlands, 1924-2006)
The Dutch architect Hein Stolle alongside Wim De Boon and Pierre Kleykamp formed the ‘Group&’ in the period shortly after WWII as part of the Dutch ‘Goed Wonen’ (Good living) movement. They focused on designing purist interior furniture and design that echoed the spirit of 1930s functionalist design but made available to a wider audience.The use of softer woods and natural materials was possibly influenced by French designers like Charlotte Perriand.
Extremely rare (1 of only a few made) armchair with adjustable back produced for De Bijenkorf 1948 by the Dutch company ‘t Spectrum.
Pine frame with rattan seat and back.
Be Niegeman Brand (Dutch mid-c20th)
Model NG-11 Beech and maple wood armchair – Goed Wonen 1950.
A rare NG-11 armchair from 1950 designed by B.Niegeman-Brand, the wife of the architect/designer Johan Niegeman (1902-77). Original fabric covers in two tones of grey wool.
Produced by the Dutch Goed Wonen (Good Living foundation, Amsterdam 1946-1968) whose aims were to “…bring living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the interior design in the broadest sense of the word, by promoting the production and distribution of furniture, upholstery, utensils, etc., which meet certain aesthetic, technical and social requirements.”
Lit.: The chair is featured in the Goed Wonen, fifth year – Number 5 from 1952 (see image)
Provenance: This item comes with full provenance which will be supplied with the item.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)
model 32, ‘Wilhelmiina’ chair
Oy Wilh. Schumann AB Finland 1960s.
The Wilhelmiina 32 chair was designed in 1959. The legs are constructed in laminated birch with “fountain bend”. The suspended seat and back are in black lacquered moulded plywood.
The design is reminiscent of Alvar Aalto, whom Tapiovaara counted as a strong influence. In World War II Tapiovaara designed dugouts and field furniture to the Finnish Army, a challenging task given that only local wood and simple tools could be used, and no nails or screws were available.
Manufacturers label to the underside.
Ref: Svenskberg, Aila (ed.): Ilmari Tapiovaara: Life and Design. Translated by Jüri Kokkonen. Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2014
please click on the Merzbau logo (top left) to see all of our current listings