Willem Penaat (Netherlands 1875-1957)
Upholstered lounge chair. Circa 1935
Produced under the control of Metz & Co. Amsterdam.
The second image shows one of the chairs in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Marcel Breuer (Hungary/usa 1902-1981)
First edition model b34 cantilever chair from the 1920s/30s for Thonet.
These early versions had the curved under-seat to the frame.
The thick velvet type fabric to the seat and back have been on the chair for many years. They may be original to the chair as we have found Breuer chairs in the Bauhaus archives with the same type of fabric.
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
Bram van den Berg (Nl)
Stained pine wood chair.
A rare chair made after a commission from Bas van Pelt / The Hague. Circa 1953 for the youth hostel at Ockenberg-Kijckduin in The Netherlands.
This chair’s rudimentary but simple form and functional design typifies the spirit of the utilitarian design movement that surrounded the WWII period in Europe.