Jan de Jong (Nl 1917-2001) / Dom Hans van der Laan (Nl 1904-1991)
Black stained large desk
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.
Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) was a Dutch Benedictine monk and architect. He was a leading figure in the Dutch ‘Bossche School’.
Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of v.d. Laan.
Modernist stools. Circa 1920s-40s.
These stools are believed to be of Swedish or German origin.
There are small differences in the structure as seen.
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)