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Dutch modernist work desk

1930s. Designer/ manufacturer unknown.

Unknown designer/maker (still researching this). Possibly H.Pander & Sons ~ Fer Semej, Elmar Berkovich or Paul Bromberg? We are currently researching this desk. Gerrit Rietveld was also reputed to have designed a few private commissions in bright colours although we would not be so bold as to attribute it to him).

It has its original paintwork that has faded in places to a tangerine/ coral colour. It has a grey/green cloth top surface. It shows some signs of age and use as would be expected and would benefit from some care and attention.

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Bas van Pelt (Netherlands, 1900-1945)

EMS, My Home. 1930s

Bas Van Pelt design modernist chair – The chair has been confirmed by the Bas van Pelt archives as being as a possible prototype and if not, a very rare design. Bas van Pelt often designed experimental furniture to place in the shop window and would only have the designs produced when the appropriate number of orders were received.

Bas van Pelt began his shop ‘My Home’ in The Hague, Netherlands in 1931 and within a short period the company opened showrooms in other cities such as Maastricht and Amsterdam. The domestic interior design firm focused on producing high-quality modern interior furniture. Eventually right up until into the 1990s Bas van Pelt furniture and fabrics were also sold throughout The Netherlands and beyond by well-known modernist suppliers and manufacturers such as Thonet, D3, LOV and Gispen.

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Jan van Grunsven (Dutch c20th)

This Scissor sofa was designed by architect Jan van Grunsven in 1959 and was produced by UMS/Pastoe in Utrecht. It has laminated layers of plywood and the original grey-brown wool upholstery and Dunlop foam. Van Grunsven worked as an architect in Gerrit Rietveld’s studio during the 1950s -1960s.

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W.(Wim) Den Boon (Netherlands, 1912-1968)Pair of triangular side tables, 1950s

chromed steel and formica board.

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. From that time and throughout the 60s he was responsible for many interiors and renovation projects, particularly in The Hague. These two tables (one shown) were designed as part of the interiors of one of those projects – The tables can be seen within the complete interior of a house in the images of Peter Voge’s biography of Den Boon.

As seen, the design of these tables was ahead of its time – There are visible influences of Rietveld and De Stijl or even the Scandinavian designs of Kjaerholm. 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.

Ref: Peter Voge “Wim Den Boon Binnenhuisarchitect”

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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

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