Set of four oak & wicker dining chairs. Circa 1950s.
A set of rare chairs designed by the Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret. Pierre is known for having collaborated throughout a twenty year period from the early to mid-c20th with his brother Charles Edouard (aka. Le Corbusier). Pierre Jeanneret is mostly known for his contribution to the designs of buildings and furniture in Chandigarh, India.
Pierre experimented with strong modernist forms throughout his career such as with these chairs – The chairs were only produced in very limited numbers as were the low lounge chair versions (of which a few including ones from the collection of Michel Weill, Neuilly have been offered in important design auctions over the last ten years*)
*Literature: Christies, New York lot 214, June 2007. See also ‘L’appartement subtil’ by Michel Weill in Maison Francais 103, ’56-’57, p.44-45. Wright auctions May 2017. Lot 33.
A single one of these chairs was sold at Wright auctions in June 2017 (lot 344)
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.
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. This actual chair is shown next to a large table in the interior of Den Boon’s own residence in Peter Vöge’s 1989 book.
The design of this chair was inspired by traditional English spade chairs. The back rest/handle having a form similar to a garden spade. The design also shares many formal and conceptual elements with French and Scandinavian modernist designers of the period such as Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret.
Literature: W. (WIM) DEN BOON. 1912 – 1968. PUBLICATIONS: P. Vöge – Wim den Boon 1912-1968. Binnenhuisarchitect, Rotterdam 1989
The Dutch architect Hein Stolle alongside Wim De Boon 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 echoed the spirit of 1930s functionalist design but made available to a wider audience.The use of softer woods and natural materials was possibly influenced by French designers like Charlotte Perriand.
Extremely rare (1 of only a few made) armchair with adjustable back produced for De Bijenkorf 1948 by the Dutch company ‘t Spectrum.