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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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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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