Constant Nieuwenhuys (Nl. 1895-2005)
A rare ‘Utrecht’ metal shelf for ‘tSpectrum furniture.
Jan van Bommel (Dutch mid c20th)
The Dutch architect Jan van Bommel designed this table as part of a private commission in the 1950s in Rotterdam. The table was purchased directly from the first owner.
Solid teak top with steel and wooden legs.
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.
Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)
Five model 612 chairs and a drop-leaf dining table. 1940s-50s.
A dining set composed of five model 612 chairs. Solid and laminated birch with vinyl webbed back and padded seat. “Y-legs” of bent massive birch. Designed in 1947. Illustrated in Alvar Aalto, Leonardo Mosso, p.76. Produced by Artek in the early 1950s. (These were purchased from first owner).
The chairs come with a birch drop end leaf table. The table is a 1940s production with beaded edging (Possibly a Swedish production).
With character! Some general wear and tear (the vinyl, once white has discoloured to a nice even cream colour) – signs of constant use.
(Please see our other Aalto items currently for sale also)
Elmar Berkovich (NL. 1897-1968)
A pair of very rare oak armchairs designed by Elmar Berkovich. Originally designed for the workers at the Shell factory although used in various environments thereafter.
They are made from an unidentified wood that is close to oak but has a very light weight to it. They were designed to be clipped together and exported easily for the factories in Dutch East Indies colonies. (Although the frames are now glued together).
Literature: Elmar Berkovich – meubelontwerper en interieurarchitect. Stichting BONAS.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)
model 32, ‘Wilhelmiina’ chair
Oy Wilh. Schumann AB Finland 1960s.
The Wilhelmiina 32 chair was designed in 1959. The legs are constructed in laminated birch with “fountain bend”. The suspended seat and back are in black lacquered moulded plywood.
The design is reminiscent of Alvar Aalto, whom Tapiovaara counted as a strong influence. In World War II Tapiovaara designed dugouts and field furniture to the Finnish Army, a challenging task given that only local wood and simple tools could be used, and no nails or screws were available.
Manufacturers label to the underside.
Ref: Svenskberg, Aila (ed.): Ilmari Tapiovaara: Life and Design. Translated by Jüri Kokkonen. Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2014
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