1950s celestial floor lamp. Designer / manufacturer unknown.
Stockmann Orno AB. 1960s.
The design mostly attributed nowadays to Lisa Johansson-Pape although it was most probably by Olof Ottelin.
“…in 1965-66, around 20 years after Pape left the Stockmann furniture department and went to Orno to start a career in lighting design. A move that was intended to be temporary, but eventually took over her passion and the rest of her long bright career” (Haddadindesign/ Instagram page 24/12/17)
Solid pine wood – Table and four chairs.
Rare large sized dining table (99 x 87 x 72.5cm) and four stools (35 x 35 x 43.5). This early production set is in superb condition having just the right colour and patina from regular use as would be desired. A rare set.
Yrjö Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)
Manufactured by Laukaan Puu Finland, late 1950s as a very limited edition.
A dark varnished Pine and beech wood structure with green rexine doors and black painted wooden legs.
The Pirkka range by the Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara is one of the most popular Finnish furniture ranges qualifying with an almost cult status in the mid-century modern markets. The Pirkka range was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 and it alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture.
With the mind of an explorer and soul of a craftsman, Ilmari Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a modernist master of characteristic, human objects and surroundings.
Although Pirkka series furniture is fairly common to find, the sideboards are what can only be described as ‘rare as hen’s teeth’; possibly one of the rarest of Tapiovaara’s designs.
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Ref: Svenskberg, Aila (ed.): Ilmari Tapiovaara: Life and Design. Translated by Jüri Kokkonen. Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2014
Hein Stolle (Netherlands, 1924-2006)
The Dutch architect Hein Stolle alongside Wim De Boon 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 echoed the spirit of 1930s functionalist design but made available to a wider audience.The use of softer woods and natural materials was possibly influenced by French designers like Charlotte Perriand.
Extremely rare (1 of only a few made) armchair with adjustable back produced for De Bijenkorf 1948 by the Dutch company ‘t Spectrum.
Pine frame with rattan seat and back.
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)
Be Niegeman-Brand (Dutch mid-c20th)
Cube stool – Circa early 1950s for Goed Wonen. 31.5 x 31.5 x 31.5cm
A very rare piece of children’s furniture in cube form. Designed by Be-Niegeman-Brand, the wife of the architect/designer Johan Niegeman (1902-77).
The cube stool was designed to be multi-functional and included a stool, a table and a toy.
Produced by the Dutch Goed Wonen (Good Living foundation, Amsterdam 1946-1968) whose aims were to “…bring living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the interior design 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.”
Lit.: The cube is featured in the Goed Wonen, fifth year – Number 5 from 1952 (see image)
Provenance: This item comes with full provenance which will be supplied with the item.
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.