HWM (Henk) Hupkes (Netherlands 1920-2014)
The Dutch architect Henk Hupkes designed very few pieces of furniture. Most of the furniture he designed was for the twenty or so churches he designed throughout his lifetime.
This chair was designed by him in the 1966 for the Verzoeningskerk in Rijswijk. It is made from oregon pine
Dutch modernist reception desk. Circa 1930s-50s.
Painted steel. Beech wood slats and composite stone top.
The exact provenance of this desk is unknown but it reputedly came out of a shop/store in Amsterdam during the mid-c20th. It has affinities with Gerrit Rietveld’s designs of the era.
It shows signs of age and use – the rubber stops are very dry and worn, the steel has old over painting.
Some minor sympathetic restorations.