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Cor Alons (Netherlands, 1892-1967)

Plywood and vinyl / Den Boer Gouda, 1950s.

71cm High; 36cm Wide (seat height 43cm)

Pair of rare side chairs – Their slightly ‘petit’ size means they can be used as side chairs, children’s chairs or vanity table chairs. Manufactured in the 1950s.

Price: 795 euro.

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Elmar Berkovich (Netherlands 1897-1968)

A pair of very rare oak armchairs designed by Elmar Berkovich. Originally designed for the workers at the Shell factory although used in various environments thereafter.

They are made from an unidentified wood that is close to oak but has a very light weight to it. They were designed to be clipped together and exported easily for the factories in Dutch East Indies colonies. (Although the frames have now been glued together).

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Literature: Elmar Berkovich – meubelontwerper en interieurarchitect. Stichting BONAS.

 

 

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Jan de Jong (Nl, 1917-2001)  / Dom Hans van der Laan (Nl, 1904-1991)

high table (communion table) – Green stained pine 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.

This table is part of a collection of furniture that we have acquired. They were made for Sint Willibrordus church in Almelo in the 1960s. The church was one of the best examples from that era. Unfortunately it was knocked down in 2005 as part of an on-going series of closures.

http://www.vanderlaanstichting.nl/en/domhansvanderlaan/biography

What I do, I do not want, and what I want, I can not do” [Dom Hans v.d.Laan]

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Circular table retailed by Metz &Co. 1950s (designer unknown)

The table can be seen in Petra Timmer’s 1995 book Metz & Co. de Creatieve Jaren, although the table has not been attributed there to any specific designer.

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Wim den Boon (Dutch 1912-1968)

The Dutch designer Wim den Boon designed this pair of chairs in 1954 as a commission for a home in Reeuwijk, in South Holland [purchased directly from the family]. __These are the two remaining chairs of the actual four pictured in Peter Vöge’s book on Wim den Boon [Vöge,1989;p.22]. Although the design never went into production, the chairs exemplify the lasting influence of Gerrit Rietveld and early modernism during the reconstruction period after WWII when Dutch designers continued to experiment and employ a strict/pared-down use of materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture.

Oak, sprung seats with vinyl upholstery.

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Dom Hans v.d. Laan & Jan de Jong (Netherlands, mid-late c20th)

This chair was part of a collection of furniture that we have acquired  (with full provenance). It was previously used as a church lectern.

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