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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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Neil Morris (United Kingdom c.20th)

Pair of birch, plywood armchairs, 1948

H.Morris & Co.

Neil Morris joined his fathers well establish furniture making company in Scotland in 1938. With him he brought many new ideas for utilising the new techniques available for laminating plywood. His designs were influenced by much of the new modernist furniture he witnessed from Scandinavia. H.Morris specialised in making very thick plywood forms and were prepared to push the material to its limits, thus creating many new and innovative forms that were on the cutting edge of modernist design.

Buoyed by a reputation for excellence, the company, with Neil Morris at the helm, set about wowing the world in yet another way – cutting edge contemporary design. With post-war rationing placing constraints on manufacturing through a necessity to use lightweight materials, furniture production required something of a creative shot in the arm, and once again the eyes of the industry looked to Morris Furniture for inspiration. Whilst other companies saw the situation as a problem, the visionary Neil Morris saw only an opportunity to alter people’s perceptions of furniture design. The result was the iconic Cloud table – a piece which won numerous design awards and still occupies a proud position today in New York’s prestigious Guggenheim museum alongside the celebrated Bambi Chair. Following the success and recognition of the cloud table, Morris Furniture experienced a period of steady growth within the furniture sector. Branching out in to additional areas as diverse as the leisure, commercial, and educational sectors, the firm demonstrated its unrivalled versatility…There was a sense of inclusion that everyone should be able to enjoy the great style and craftsmanship that came with every Morris Furniture product. This was brought further to the attention of the masses in 1958 when the company was actively involved in the promotion of all that was great and good with British furniture in the Festival of Britain

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Hein Stolle (Netherlands, 1924-2006)

Small ‘Stolwijk’ table for ‘t Spectrum 1954-55

Original grey painted plywood and steel rod.

In the reconstruction period after the second world war, the Dutch architect and furniture designer Hein Stolle experimented with new materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture. As a furniture designer, Stolle was a member of Groep & (which comprised Wim den Boon, Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp, 1946-1950). In the early 1950s Stolle designed furniture for the distinguished department stores de Bijenkorf and Metz & Co, often in cooperation with Martin Visser. And in the 1950s and ‘60s he also designed various pieces of furniture for furniture factory ’t Spectrum.

This model (Stolwijk) was only produced for a very limited period in the mid-50s

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Bruno Gatta (c20th Italian)

Designed in 1959 Manufactured by Stilnovo, Italy 1960s

Wall or Ceiling lamp. In an all original undamaged and unrestored condition
It has its original white fitting and off-white shade with a black stem.

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H.Fillekes (c.20th Netherlands)

Artiforte, Netherlands

Magneto Lamp 1954-58 Lacquered steel.

This rare ‘Magneto’ floor lamp was only produced for a short period in limited numbers. Its name refers to the magnetic ball that attaches the counter-balanced stem to the tripod base. The result is a very elegant functional and sculptural piece in the spirit of the postwar period.

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Coen De Vries (Netherlands, 1918-)

Sewing/storage box, Tetex, Netherlands.1950s

In the vein of autonomous maker-designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Coen De Vries was one of the first Dutch interior architects to sell and produce their own designs.  He began in 1947 with his shop “De Sleutel” (The Key) in Amsterdam. At ‘The Key’ he was able to retail designs by himself alongside those of other modernist designers whose designs focussed on lightwood furniture with simple construction. At the shop their sober and simple designs were often set off alongside brightly coloured fabrics.

This plywood and steel storage box encapsulates those of the Dutch post war ‘Goed Wonen’ (good living) foundation whose goal was to create good, practical, modern and aesthetically pleasing furniture at an affordable prices.

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Sewing box documented in Goed Wonen, 1950s/60s

The box is composed of double-sided hinged lids that opens to reveal a sectioned interior (removable). It retains its original blue and off-white paint. Tetex produced the design in a range of colours: Red, white, yellow, blue and black. The legs were either in white or grey.

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Poul Kjærholm (Denmark, 1929-1980)

PK9 Chairs – E. Kold Christensen, Denmark

chrome steel; leather

Kjærholm designed the ultimate functionalist furniture that was praised for its understated elegance and clean lines.

Kjærholm had a particular interest in various construction materials; especially steel, which he considered a natural material. In 1955, Kjærholm started collaborating with manufacturer E. Kold Christensen, which lasted until his death in 1980.

The PK31 series consist of splayed-legged bases on which a shaped seat is fully upholstered in black leather.

These are early edition chairs marked with the KC monogram and stamped Denmark.

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