P1270742

Wim Rietveld (NL. 1924-1985)

‘Mosquito’ table Model 535 for Gispen. All original and in very good condition.

Wim Rietveld the son of Gerrit Rietveld transformed many of his fathers ideas in the mid-c20th towards the mass markets. His designs manufactured by companies like Gispen, Auping and De Cirkel were promoted in the 1950s by the Goed Wonen movement (Good living movement).

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P1270445

P1270448

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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P1270305

Liberty & Co. 1890s

‘Thebes’ stool. Mahogany wood with ivorine label.
The design of this stool is a derivative of the ancient Egyptian three legged ‘Thebes’ stool, now in the collection of the British Museum, dating to 1550-1300 B.C. This was first utilised by Liberty & Co. who retailed a version of it from 1884. It was sold in their London showrooms until 1907 as well as having been retailed by Samuel Bing in Paris.
__The Austrian/Czech architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933) first used the design in his apartment in 1903 and his affection for the design was evident as he repeatedly employed it in his commissions until 1927. The stool is often misdescribed as being designed by Loos whereas it was one component within one of Loos’s total design commissions (gesamtkunstwerk)

P1230593

Bram van den Berg (Nl)

Stained pine wood chair.

A rare chair made after a commission from Bas van Pelt / The Hague. Circa 1953 for the youth hostel at Ockenberg-Kijckduin in The Netherlands.

This chair’s rudimentary but simple form and functional design typifies the spirit of the utilitarian design movement that surrounded the WWII period in Europe.

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Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)

Early edition Finmar / Bowman Bros. dining set. Five model 611 stacking chairs and table. This was Aalto’s first modernist chair produced.

This set came from the home (wife) of Russian /American composer Dimitri Tiomkin best known for his western scores, including Duel in the Sun, Red River, High Noon, The Big Sky, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Last Train from Gun Hill.

There are Finmar labels, Bowman Brothers stamps and red ‘Aalto Design’ stamps

The set was once black but whilst in the possession of Mrs Tiomkin it was restored and taken back as close as possible to the wood colour. There is a very nice honey varnish surface.

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P1260978

IMG_7542

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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