Circular table retailed by Metz &Co. 1950s (designer unknown)
The table can be seen in Petra Timmer’s 1995 book Metz & Co. de Creatieve Jaren, although the table has not been attributed there to any specific designer.
Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)
Rare x3 Model 60 stacking stools. 1930s. Finmar production.
Finmar labels to the underside on two of the stools (the other shows evidence of where the label once was).
Each has a great colour and patina. The Finmar labels are recognised evidence of them being early edition genuine 1930s stools.
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Dutch modernist cabinet/bureau 1930s.
Unknown designer/maker, this cabinet came from the town of Laren in the Netherlands – Coincidently a district where modernist designers like Bart van der Leck and JJP Oud were living at the time when this was made.
Ko Verzuu (Netherlands 1901-1971)
ADO wooden toy chairs – Circa. 1930s
Between 1925 and 1955 influenced by the Dutch Modernist De Stijl painters and designers Ko Verzuu designed many children’s toys. His designs were inextricably bound up with innovations in art, health care and pedagogy in the first half of the 20th century. In 1920, the sanatorium Berg en Bosch was founded in the sanctuary on the outskirts of Apeldoorn. This sanatorium offered rest and care to tuberculosis patients.
Once patients had recovered from their illness, returning to regular working life often proved to be difficult. In order to prepare patients better for their reintegration, the sanatorium developed a modern treatment: occupational therapy.
One of the ways this took shape was in the production of wooden toys. These toys were given the name ADO; an abbreviation that initially stood for Arbeid door Onvolwaardigen (Labour by the Deficient), but was wisely changed to Apart Doelmatig Onverwoestbaar (Special Functional Indestructible) in 1962.
These chairs are examples of the more seldom seen larger scaled furniture made by ADO.
Wim den Boon (Dutch 1912-1968)
The Dutch designer Wim den Boon designed this pair of chairs in 1954 as a commission for a home in Reeuwijk, in South Holland [purchased directly from the family]. __These are the two remaining chairs of the actual four pictured in Peter Vöge’s book on Wim den Boon [Vöge,1989;p.22]. Although the design never went into production, the chairs exemplify the lasting influence of Gerrit Rietveld and early modernism during the reconstruction period after WWII when Dutch designers continued to experiment and employ a strict/pared-down use of materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture.
Oak, sprung seats with vinyl upholstery.