1930s Modernist Dutch or German writing desk.
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.
There are Finmar labels, Bowman Brothers stamps and red ‘Aalto Design’ stamps
The set was once black but whilst in the possession of Mrs Tiomkin it was restored and taken back as close as possible to the wood colour. There is a very nice honey varnish surface.
Dom Hans Vd Laan & Jan de Jong (Dutch Mid-c20th)
Chair designed by Dom Hans van der Laan and executed by Jan de Jong for the Raadhuis Budel, 1962/1966. This chair comes from the town hall for which Jan de Jong was the architect and interior designer. Most of the furniture from the town hall was destroyed, a few inhabitants from Budel saved the furniture from the waste containers from which the furniture was thrown into. The chair has an ash wooden structure with brown leather- It retains its original dark brown/green lacquer finish.
Gerard Wijnen (Netherlands, 1930-)
Armchairs, 1960 (Four available – one shown)
Bossche school architect Gerard Wijnen attended classes given by Hans Dom van der 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.
Wijnen was photographed sitting on one of these chairs as can be seen in the photograph from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch town archives collection.