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Massimo Vignelli (Italy, 1931-2014)

Venini, Murano, Italy in 1957-60

A very rare soft tone yellow ‘Fungo’ Mushroom Lamp designed by Massimo Vignelli.

This is the middle size of the three sizes manufactured (25cm high)

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The Hague Interior 1950s

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”

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Marcel Breuer (Hungary/usa 1902-1981)

Two stacking cream white lacquered plywood side tables. Isokon UK.

Designed by Breuer in 1936 Breuer whilst living in the UK – At that time he began to explore plywood as a material. During that period Breuer designed several classic modernist pieces that were put into production by Jack Pritchard of Isokon. We believe that these are a 60s production by John Alan. London.

Manufactured in the 1950s/60s.

Please note: We also have one other single table available – The table is a similar size to the larger one (…but is not the third one to the set) We believe that they were purchased from John Alan company in London in the 1960s where they sold individually (we have a John Alan pamphlet from the period to show this).

 

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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

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Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016 Ger/USA)

Two early edition ‘Capricorn’ chaise lounges. These chairs are in original vintage condition and would benefit from restoration from any prospective buyer. (We could have restored them but decided to leave them as they were).

One has been painted white and one is simply rusty at the moment – They would both look great when restored.

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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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