Paul McCobb (USA 1917-69)
Circular low table. Teak wood and steel.
Dia.90cm; Height 38cm
This table was designed as part of a range of simple mahogany wood and steel tables. They were retailed by Metz & Co., in Amsterdam (image 3). The table has a light grey painted finish which we presume is original. The brochure in image 2 shows the tables with a natural wood finish – Although the Metz & Co., image (image 3) shows one of the tables with a painted finish.
Pair of ebonised wood low stool/benches.
Franz Schuster (Austrian 1892-1972)
Modernist table designed by Viennese architect Franz Schuster during his time in Frankfurt as part of his Aufbau Möbel Programm (construction furniture range or ‘add-on-furniture’), which was furniture conceived as combination furniture for contemporary social housing.
In the mid-1920s, the Viennese architect and furniture designer Franz Schuster was called to Frankfurt together with other Viennese colleagues, including Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. There Ernst May valued his expertise in the field of housing development. (Under the direction of Adolf Loos, he contributed to the design of several Vienna single-family housing estates and developed prototypes for residential houses and the so-called residential courtyards that still shape Vienna’s cityscape today). .
In Frankfurt, Schuster designed apartment buildings, schools, cinemas and swimming pools. But mainly he designed functional and space-saving type furniture for the compact housing estates and apartments of New Frankfurt.
Originally designed for Frankfurt settlements, the “add-on furniture” – forerunner of the modern Ikea system – quickly became well known and was sold well beyond the city limits until the 1930s / 65cm x 65cm x 50cm.
Hein Salomonson (Netherlands 1910-1994)
Rare pair of patinated steel upholstered armchairs.
AP Originals. 1958.
Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen
Vintage Danish solid silver jigsaw bracelet, with H K hallmark,
design no 88, circa 1950. Approx. 19cm long (small size)
Elmar Berkovich (Dutch 1897-1968)
‘Beek’ side table for Spectrum furniture (t’Spectrum)
Designed in 1956 and manufactured for only two years.
The table has been restored.
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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Elmar Berkovich (Nl. 1897-1986)
Low table for Metz & Co. 1930s. Painted wood/ plywood and glass.
Elmar Berkovich was a leading furniture designer and interior designer in the Netherlands in the period 1925-1965. Before the Second World War he was employed by the Metz & Co company in Amsterdam, then at Philips in Eindhoven. In his interior assignments for large complexes such as factories, offices and hospitals, his attention was mainly focused on the ambiance, the lighting and the use of colour.
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