Heals Sideboard (UK 1940s-50s)
beech and maple wood.
A small sideboard originally made for Heals, London in the 1940s-50s by Vesper furniture company (Note: The small circular hole can be seen above one drawer where the Heals label would have been). Inside the drawers are made bent beech plywood.
We have two of these available as well as a small set of drawers. We believe that the sideboard was part of a set of bedroom furniture made by Vesper furniture for Heals in very limited numbers in the late 40s/ early 50s – very rare. It has design similarities to the 1950s designs by Dutch designer Cees Braakman for Pastoe furniture.
122cm x 47cm x 77.5cm
A high quality of manufacture throughout.
Willem Penaat (Netherlands, 1875-1957)
Cupboard, Metz & Co, 1930s
Small modernist bedside cupboard unit with glass top and metal handles.
Willem Penaat was a Dutch interior and furniture designer. During his life he set up several ventures including furniture workshops, studio residences and Craft and Industry associations.From 1923 to about 1950 Penaat worked in Amsterdam and The Hague as an interior designer for Metz & Co. Alongside Berlage, Jac van den Bosch and de Bazel, Penaat designed simple furniture with a clear structure and modernist sensibility. His furniture always has an endearing quality that comes from his sense of scale.
this small cupboard unit was most likely designed for and supplied by Metz & Co. in the 1930s. It has been sympathetically restored.
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