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Dom Hans Vd Laan & Jan de Jong (Dutch Mid-c20th)

Chair designed by Dom Hans van der Laan and executed by Jan de Jong for the Raadhuis Budel, 1962/1966. This chair comes from the town hall for which Jan de Jong was the architect and interior designer. Most of the furniture from the town hall was destroyed, a few inhabitants from Budel saved the furniture from the waste containers from which the furniture was thrown into. The chair has an ash wooden structure with brown leather- It retains its original dark brown/green lacquer finish.

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Dom Hans v.d. Laan (Dutch Benedictine Monk and Architect) & Jan de Jong (mid-late c20th)

This chair was part of a collection of furniture that we have acquired that was made for Sint Willibrordus church in Almelo, Netherlands in the 1960s (with full provenance). The church was one of the best examples of modernist churches of the era. Unfortunately it was knocked down in 2005.

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Jan Slothouber & William Graatsma (Dutch c20th+)

Five rare modular cubes from the 1970s.

Laminated plywood.

The Dutch team of Slothouber & Graatsma established themselves from the 1950s as artist/designers with the cube form as their key motif around which they developed various principles of cubic construction alongside multiples and variations thereof. Despite its restrictions they admired the cube for its clarity of form. They applied their thinking around it to a variety of objects, and artworks from small jewellery-scale 3d models and games to larger installation works.
Highly driven personalities, they considered themselves as discoverers of ‘the many applications of the democratic system of cubics’; a system that would ostensively act to counter the rise of the expressive individualism in post-WWII culture. (They later established the CCC_the Center for Cubic Constructions as a forum for promoting their ideas).
Due to their diverse and multidisciplinary output they were never to become global names – But they were a highly respected creative team (representing The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1970)…Donald Judd for one was a great admirer of their work.

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Dom Hans vd Laan / Jan de Jong  (Dutch c20th)

Three bench/ chair sections. These were designed made by the architect/Benedictine monk and architect Jan de Jong in the 1970s as part of a commission for a personal library.

 

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Maria Hees (Netherlands 1948 – Now)

A rare artwork / prototype wall light. 1970s.

This rare prototype art object was produced in the 1970s by Maria Hees. It has several layers of moulded plastic fitted around a transformer, a fuse and a bulb. (some damage as would be expected with such a fragile item)

With provenance.

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