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Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)

Rare version of the “Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15. Manufactured by Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku, Finland. 1930s.

UK retailers Finmar label to the underside.

A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs; this chair is made from laminated and solid birch and retains its original black finish.

Co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930, the chair was manufactured over the years as four differing versions. This version is the rarest of the four. The design is similar to one of other versions in that the front legs protrude at the side. However, the front edge of the seat on this version is formed as a more severe angle (The other version with protruding legs was rounded at the front). It also has a small decorative corner feature when seen from the front that is reminiscent of traditional Chinese chairs.

The chair was illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21

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Willem Penaat (Netherlands 1875-1957)

Upholstered lounge chair. Circa 1935

Produced under the control of Metz & Co. Amsterdam.

The second image shows one of these chairs in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

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Frits Spanjaard (Netherlands 1889-1978)

Elm wood table for LOV. Netherlands. 1920s

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Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland 1914-1999)

Laukaan Puu. Finland 1950s

Stained pine. [Two with burnished manufacturer’s markings].

Three rare modular book shelves designed as part of a complete storage system.

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Frank Guille (United Kingdom, 1927-2018)

A ‘Trimma’ cabinet/sideboard. 1950s.

Plywood and beech wood with yellow formica top.

Frank Guille was one of Britain’s finest mid-century designers. His work was defined by a dedication to function, utility and simplicity.

Under a string of brilliant teachers, Frank Guille was shaped to become part of a new wave of designers. He first learned from English masters Robin Day and Gordon Russell. Later, on scholarship in Copenhagen, he studied under one of the founders of Danish modern furniture design – Kaare Klint“. [Mr.Bigglesworthy website]

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P1280375

Fer Semey (Belgium/Netherlands, early c20th)

Table for H.Pander and Sons. Netherlands 1930s
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In 1933 the controversial but now little known Belgian designer Fer Semey took over from Henk Wouda at the Pander company (H.Pander en Zonen /1850-1985 in The Hague, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam), and began to lead the company away from the companies distinguished middle class Hague School/Art Deco-like style for which it had become synonymous towards a more strictly cubistic one…(The Hague School had always incorporated De Stijl influenced geometrical elements, but Semey’s designs took it to a new level of aesthetic strictness and simplicity)
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90x90x53cm | Stamped with makers marks to underside

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Sybold van Ravesteyn (Dutch 1889-1983)

6 x chairs with nickel frames and sprung seats.

An exceptionally rare set of six modernist chairs designed in 1927. They would have been manufactured on commission. The Centraal Museum in Utrecht has similar chairs in their collection.

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