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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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Neil Morris (United Kingdom c.20th)

Pair of birch, plywood armchairs, 1948

H.Morris & Co.

Neil Morris joined his fathers well establish furniture making company in Scotland in 1938. With him he brought many new ideas for utilising the new techniques available for laminating plywood. His designs were influenced by much of the new modernist furniture he witnessed from Scandinavia. H.Morris specialised in making very thick plywood forms and were prepared to push the material to its limits, thus creating many new and innovative forms that were on the cutting edge of modernist design.

Buoyed by a reputation for excellence, the company, with Neil Morris at the helm, set about wowing the world in yet another way – cutting edge contemporary design. With post-war rationing placing constraints on manufacturing through a necessity to use lightweight materials, furniture production required something of a creative shot in the arm, and once again the eyes of the industry looked to Morris Furniture for inspiration. Whilst other companies saw the situation as a problem, the visionary Neil Morris saw only an opportunity to alter people’s perceptions of furniture design. The result was the iconic Cloud table – a piece which won numerous design awards and still occupies a proud position today in New York’s prestigious Guggenheim museum alongside the celebrated Bambi Chair. Following the success and recognition of the cloud table, Morris Furniture experienced a period of steady growth within the furniture sector. Branching out in to additional areas as diverse as the leisure, commercial, and educational sectors, the firm demonstrated its unrivalled versatility…There was a sense of inclusion that everyone should be able to enjoy the great style and craftsmanship that came with every Morris Furniture product. This was brought further to the attention of the masses in 1958 when the company was actively involved in the promotion of all that was great and good with British furniture in the Festival of Britain

http://morrisfurniture.co.uk/about_us/index.html (accessed 01/06/17)

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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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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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