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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.

The set was once black but has been restored and taken back to the wood colour.

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Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016 Ger/USA)

Two early edition ‘Capricorn’ chaise lounges. These chairs are in original vintage condition and would benefit from restoration from any prospective buyer. (We could have restored them but decided to leave them as they were).

One has been painted white and one is simply rusty at the moment – They would both look great when restored.

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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 TLC.

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Marcel Breuer (Hungary/usa 1902-1981)

First edition model b34 cantilever chair from the 1920s/30s for Thonet.

These early versions had the curved under-seat to the frame.

The thick velvet type fabric to the seat and back have been on the chair for many years. They may be original to the chair as we have found Breuer chairs in the Bauhaus archives with the same type of fabric.

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Marianne Brandt

(Germany, 1893-1983)

GMF Touch light desk lamp, ca. 1933

It is common for the design of this rare lamp to be attributed to the Bauhaus designer Marianne Brandt for obvious reasons, including the fact that it is stamped GMF (Gotha Metal Fabric previously named Ruppel). The GMF company like Ruppel before them were known to have produced many of Brandt’s designs during the period. In addition the design is composed completely of geometric elements common to all of Brandt’s designs but especially because of the touch pad base that works as a switch. However, the original plastic shade we have never seen before which leads us to question whether this lamp was a particularly early production. Ultimately this is a rare version or a rare lamp – something of interest for any collectors of early modernism and modernist design.

It is lacquered in a seldom seen racing green colour and still has its original wiring in good condition.

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Poul Kjærholm (Denmark 1929-1980)

PK55 Ash wood and brushed steel dining table

1970s production. (Unmarked)

The use of steel and Allen bolts to connect the frames allowed Kjaerholm to avoid the, sometimes, imprecise process of welding. It also fulfilled his desire to show how the frames were connected, thus providing a clear legibility to his designs, and led him towards creating his first work desk and compatible chair – the PK 55 and PK 11, which appeared in 1957.

The simple looking build of the PK55 table belies a much more interesting design than is apparent at first glance. The steel base frame is actually composed of four lengths of flat steel, intersecting at each corner, with the short end leg propping up the longer, width-spanning leg. Each leg element is held together yet simultaneously pushed slightly apart with Allen bolts to give the base frame an even lighter profile and also to reveal the four separate planes.

This work table features an ash table top and satin brushed steel frame.

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Hein Stolle (Netherlands, 1924-2006)

Original painted plywood wall cabinet. 1950s

In the reconstruction period after the second world war, the Dutch architect and furniture designer Hein Stolle experimented with new materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture. As a furniture designer, Stolle was a member of Groep & (which comprised Wim den Boon, Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp, 1946-1950). In the early 1950s Stolle designed furniture for the distinguished department stores de Bijenkorf and Metz & Co, often in cooperation with Martin Visser. And in the 1950s and ‘60s he also designed various pieces of furniture for furniture factory ’t Spectrum.

Unique modernist wall cabinet was made for a 1953 exhibition Ons Huis, ons t’huis, (Our House, us at Home) held at De Bijenkorf warehouse in Amsterdam. The cabinet was exhibited at Wonderwood gallery’s exhibition of Stolle’s work in 2004 shortly before his death.

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Literature: Hein Stolle Architect Verteller Meubelontwerper  Publisher: Wonderwood, 2004 (book as illustrated above)