Jan de Jong (Nl, 1917-2001)/ Dom Hans van der Laan (Nl, 1904-1991)
high table (two available) – Green stained wood with nails.
During the reconstruction period after WWII the Dutch architect Jan de Jong and the Dutch Benedictine monk Dom Hans van der Laan collaborated on several architectural projects including the interior furniture. They created an outstanding body of work defining the the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom v.d.Laan’s idealised concepts and ideas into pioneering buildings and spaces. They worked in such close collaboration however that it is difficult to discern the individual level of input into the furniture they designed. The artist Wim van Hoof worked with the two architects proposing different colour schemes for their projects. The original olive green surface visible on these tables derived from one of those schemes.
Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) was a Dutch Benedictine monk and architect. He was a leading figure in the Dutch ‘Bossche School’. His theories on numerical ratios in architecture, in particular regarding the plastic number, were very influential.
Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor.
These tables are part of a collection of furniture that we have acquired. They were made for Sint Willibrordus church in Almelo in the 1960s (full provenance including photos of the pieces in-situ. is available). The church was one of the best examples of modernist churches of the era. Unfortunately it was knocked down in 2005.
Jan de Jong (1917-2001) & Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991)
High back chair, 1967
Original olive green stained oak wood, brown leather with galvanised steel base and copper nails.
Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of the monk Dom Hans v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor. In the late 1950s the two men worked closely together in the Reconstruction Period after WWII to create a body of work as part of the construction of the churches in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom Hans v.d.Laan’s concepts and ideas into other public and private pioneering buildings and spaces.
This exceptionally rare and early designed chair by Jan de Jong was made for the members of the city (counsel) of Budel in The Netherlands. De Jong designed the town hall and its furniture as a ‘gesamtwerk’ (a complete relational work based on hermetic planning). The chair is in superb original condition.
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
Gerrit Rietveld (Dutch 1888-1964) style / attributed shelving unit
Dutch 1930s – Modernist shelving unit.
provenance: Johanna Erna Else Schröder (1918 – 1992)
Johanna Erna Else Schröder (known as Han Schröder) lived in the in Utrecht, the Netherlands, together with her mother, Truus Schröder- Schrader who was also an interior decorator. The house was designed in 1924 by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld who became a friend of Schröder’s and an important influence on her future work. While a teenager, she worked on furniture design with both Rietveld and with Gerard van de Groenekan. In 1936, she attended the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich Switzerland, graduating as an architect in 1940.
This small De Stijl / Art Deco / Modernist shelving unit was previously owned by Han Schroeder /Schröder. After the death of Han the family auctioned off her belongings including this table. It is possibly a Gerrit Rietveld design – although a definite attribution can not be given.
In the reconstruction period after the second world war, the Dutch architect and furniture designer Hein Stolle experimented with new materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture. As a furniture designer, Stolle was a member of Groep & (which comprised Wim den Boon, Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp, 1946-1950). In the early 1950s Stolle designed furniture for the distinguished department stores de Bijenkorf and Metz & Co, often in cooperation with Martin Visser. And in the 1950s and ‘60s he also designed various pieces of furniture for furniture factory ’t Spectrum.
This model (Stolwijk) was only produced for a very limited period in the mid-50s