A small sideboard originally made for Heals, London in the 1940s-50s by Vesper furniture company (Note: The small circular hole can be seen above one drawer where the Heals label would have been). Inside the drawers are made bent beech plywood.
We have two of these available as well as a small set of drawers. We believe that the sideboard was part of a set of bedroom furniture made by Vesper furniture for Heals in very limited numbers in the late 40s/ early 50s – very rare. It has design similarities to the 1950s designs by Dutch designer Cees Braakman for Pastoe furniture.
Stam was a Dutch architect, urban planner, and furniture designer. He was extraordinarily well-connected, and his career intersects with important moments in the history of 20th-century European architecture, including chair design at the Bauhaus, the Weissenhof estate and the Van Nelle Factory, an important modernist landmark building in Rotterdam, buildings for Ernst May’s New Frankfurt housing project then to Russia with the idealistic May Brigade, to postwar reconstruction in Germany. Stam was at the centre of c20th Modernism.
This set of four dining chairs were created for the “Goed Wonen”* .
*The Good Wonen Foundation in Amsterdam from 1946-1968 (The ‘Foundation Wonen’ until 1988) set itself the goal:
Living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the home furnishing in the broadest sense of the word, by promoting the production and distribution of furniture, upholstery, utensils, etc., which meet certain aesthetic, technical and social requirements .
An oak smoke chair is wrong;Rattan furniture are good.Flower wallpaper and heavy curtains are wrong;White walls and fresh shades are good!
The foundation wanted to free Dutch interior from the foul taste of the previous century.“Taste is a matter of education” was the idea behind the founding of the foundation in 1946. As a magazine and with model houses the foundation promoted the modern interior with light furniture – In this way the residents could maximise the potential of their environment and ultimately realise their own potential.
The ideas fitted well to the ideals of modernism; improving homes and furnishings as well as the people within them and society as a whole.
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.
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. This actual chair is shown next to a large table in the interior of Den Boon’s own residence in Peter Vöge’s 1989 book.
The design of this chair was inspired by traditional English spade chairs. The back rest/handle having a form similar to a garden spade. The design also shares many formal and conceptual elements with French and Scandinavian modernist designers of the period such as Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret.
Literature: W. (WIM) DEN BOON. 1912 – 1968. PUBLICATIONS: P. Vöge – Wim den Boon 1912-1968. Binnenhuisarchitect, Rotterdam 1989
Attributed to Bossche school architect Gerard Wijnen (Netherlands, 1930-)
Dutch minimalist bench/table.1950s.
Travertine marble and grey painted wooden base.
Bossche school architect Gerard Wijnen attended classes given by Hans Dom v.d Laan in the 1960s. Wijnen was not a prolific designer and his furniture was only made through commission from the architect which accounts for its scarcity.
c20th Paolo Piva style coffee table (1960s-80s) 110cm x 110cm x 40cm
This sculptural table is very reminiscent of the tables designed by Italian designer Paolo Piva for B&B Italia. It has an amazingly sculptural form that is emphasised by the thick square pewter glass top.
Rare early Bas Van Pelt design double-sided desk with two chairs
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.
This early Bas van Pelt design desk and two chairs were manufactured in solid oak wood. Each piece has the Maker/designer’s name brandished in the wood.
Manuel Marin was an assistant to the English sculptor Henry Moore in the 1960s and later worked as an art restorer and gallery owner in New York. From around 1969 onward Marin became interested in mobiles as a form of sculpture and continued to produce them throughout his life until his death in 2007.
We have two sculptures available – Both sculptures are impressed with the artist’s name/signature.