P1220616

Arne Jacobsen (Denmark 1902-1971)

‘six star series’ table, model A826 from 1968, with set of 6 early edition ‘Ant Chairs’

Fritz Hansen, Denmark

A seldom seen combination of the rare 6-star footed table with the three-legged ‘Ant chairs’. The 145cm diameter table which itself is quite a rarity, easily accommodates the six chairs which fit neatly into the spaces created within and around the table.

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Jan de Jong (Netherlands, 1917-2001) 

High back chair, 1967

Original olive green stained oak wood, brown leather with galvanised steel base and copper nails.

Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of the monk Dom Hans v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor. In the late 1950s the two men worked closely together in the Reconstruction Period after WWII to create a body of work as part of the construction of the churches in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom Hans v.d.Laan’s concepts and ideas into other public and private pioneering buildings and spaces.

This exceptionally rare and early designed chair by Jan de Jong was made for the members of the city (counsel) of Budel in The Netherlands. De Jong designed the town hall and its furniture as a ‘gesamtwerk’ (a complete relational work based on hermetic planning). The chair is in superb original condition.

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Elmar Berkovich (1897-1968)                             p1150104beek-side-table-by-elmar-berkovich-for-t-spectrum-1950s-12

 

‘Groesbeek’ steel and plywood table. 1950s

Elmar Berkovich was born in Budapest but during his early twenties fled to The Netherlands. There he became a highly valued and productive Dutch interior and furniture designer, designing furniture for Metz & Co throughout the 1930s, and later after 1947, for the Philips factories in Eindhoven and for ‘t Spectrum furniture company.

The modern movement was well underway in The Netherlands when Berkovich arrived and later it was Berkovich who was largely responsible for introducing innovative designs by modernists like Rietveld, Breuer, Huszar and van der leck (among others) to the Metz & Co. store.

In the 1960s retrospective exhibitions of his work in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1962) and later in Eindhoven (1963) in the Van Abbemuseum.

This Berkovich designed table is named the ‘Groesbeek’ side table. It was manufactured as a very limited edition by the ‘t Sprectrum company in the 1950s. It is totally original and in very good condition. The smaller image shows another table (variation) available named the ‘Beek’ table.

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Jan de Jong  (Netherlands, 1917-2001) / Dom Hans van der Laan (Netherlands, 1904-1991)

High chair – Green stained camphor wood with copper nails.

During the reconstruction period after WWII the Dutch architect Jan de Jong and the Dutch Benedictine monk Dom Hans van der Laan collaborated on several architectural projects including the interior furniture. They created an outstanding body of work in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom v.d.Laan’s idealised concepts and ideas into pioneering buildings and spaces. They worked in such close collaboration however that it is difficult to discern the individual level of input into the furniture they designed. The artist Wim van Hoof worked with the two architects proposing different colour schemes for their projects. The original olive green surface visible on this chair derived from one of those schemes.

Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) was a Dutch Benedictine monk and architect. He was a leading figure in the Dutch ‘Bossche School’. His theories on numerical ratios in architecture, in particular regarding the plastic number, were very influential.

Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor.

This chair was part of a collection of furniture that we have acquired that was made for Sint Willibrordus church in Almelo in the 1960s (full provenance including photos of the interior is available). The church was one of the best examples of modernist churches of the era. Unfortunately it was knocked down in 2005.

http://www.vanderlaanstichting.nl/en/domhansvanderlaan/biography

What I do, I do not want, and what I want, I can not do” [Dom Hans v.d.Laan]

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Rudolf Wolf (Netherlands, 1919-1989)

Steel and wire glass with plastic handles.

Rudolf Wolf was one of the most important industrial designers of a group of post war Dutch designers that included Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld. Wolf studied architectural and graphic design, after which he went to work on the lighting division of Philips, before going freelance in 1948. Wolf only designed furniture for a period of 15 years, before devoting himself to being an artist making paintings and objects made of steel, aluminium and plexiglass.

In 1955 Rudolf Wolf designed a series of metal furniture for the Dutch manufacturer Elsrijk using innovative approaches to welding. The designs demonstrated the influence of earlier De Stijl, Dutch modernists in their sober and strict functionality. This cabinet is an extremely rare example of his designs of that period and is one of only a very few that we have seen.

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P1200268

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.

100 cm wide x 40cm deep x 40cm high

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