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Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)

“Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15.

Produced by Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Oy Turku. 1930s.

A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs. This chair is made from laminated and solid birch. It has its original black finish.

The chair was co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930. Illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21

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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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Rene Gabriel (France 1890 – 1950)

Pair of Oak Armchairs 1940s-50s

Original back cushions/ later seat cushions.

French decorative artist and designer who specialized in furniture able to be mass-produced. He had a clean, logical style that inspired many of the new designers in the years after WWII. Gabriel’s aesthetic combined elegance with uncompromising rigour. He inspired the new generation of designers of the 1950s

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Marcel Breuer (Hungary 1902-1981)

B56 Stool chromed metal and woven cane seat.

Designed 1928 Manufactured by Thonet 1930s.

Marcel Breuer known for his association with the Bauhaus designed some of the most iconic chromed tubular metal furniture in the c20th. He was one of the masters of modernism. This stool is a compacted essay in space and material. Although its Thonet badge is now missing the remains of the pin can be seen impressed in the side.

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Lit.:
A. v. Vegesack, Deutsche Stahlrohrmöbel. 650 Modelle aus Katalogen von 1927–1958, Munich, 1986, p. 78

 

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Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976)

Model E90, lacquered plywood birch stacking stool. Designed 1933 – Finmar label

This is an early and rare version of this iconic 1930s design.

Finmar were a wholesale company who imported Aalto design plywood furniture from Finland to the UK during the early c20th. The Finmar label is one of the few ways of certifying an early version of this stool.

In very good condition.

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P1210819

Unknown designer (possibly Italian)

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.

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Anonymous (U.K. 1920s-30s)

Small constructivist plywood side table

We are still researching this small table. It has similarities to various under-appreciated early British modernist designer/makers from the early c20th including Gerald Summers, Isokon/ Jack Pritchard etc. and captures the spirit of the early British constructivist architects and artists.

A handful of designer/makers like Summers and Isokon used plywood before the WWII. Unlike most other furniture makers of the day, they did not feel compelled to cover it in a veneer of a more exotic wood. In the early 30s Summers began to experiment with a special kind of plywood called “aeroplane ply” and, as Martha Deese wrote in the Journal of Design History, “this exceptionally thin and flexible material had a revolutionary impact on Summers’s emerging style” (Martha Deese, “Gerald  Summers and Makers of Simple Furniture,” Journal of Design History, vol. 5, no. 3 (1992), pp. 183–205). During the period plywood enabled designers to evolve an organic idiom of curved surfaces and curvilinear outlines, which exploited the inherent capabilities of this pliable material. (*Cerio,2009)

The base of its sculptural design is made from 3mm aeroplane ply. The top that swivels around the base in three section can be folded away or left up as shown. The top is a thicker plywood.

54cm High x 55cm diameter.

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*Information on Summers gained from Gergory Cerio whose article ‘Bold, Bright and Unappreciated can be found at:- http://themagazineantiques.com/article/british-furniture-at-mid-century/

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