P1220502

Mart Stam (Netherlands 1899 – 1986)

Rush seated oak chairs

Van Der Kley, Badhoevedorp, Netherlands 1947

Stam was a Dutch architect, urban planner, and furniture designer. He was extraordinarily well-connected, and his career intersects with important moments in the history of 20th-century European architecture, including chair design at the Bauhaus, the Weissenhof estate and the Van Nelle Factory, an important modernist landmark building in Rotterdam, buildings for Ernst May’s New Frankfurt housing project then to Russia with the idealistic May Brigade, to postwar reconstruction in Germany. Stam was at the centre of c20th Modernism.

This set of four dining chairs were created for the “Goed Wonen”* .

*The Good Wonen Foundation in Amsterdam from 1946-1968 (The ‘Foundation Wonen’ until 1988) set itself the goal:

Living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the home furnishing in the broadest sense of the word, by promoting the production and distribution of furniture, upholstery, utensils, etc., which meet certain aesthetic, technical and social requirements .
An oak smoke chair is wrong; Rattan furniture are good. Flower wallpaper and heavy curtains are wrong; White walls and fresh shades are good!

The foundation wanted to free Dutch interior from the foul taste of the previous century. “Taste is a matter of education” was the idea behind the founding of the foundation in 1946. As a magazine and with model houses the foundation promoted the modern interior with light furniture – In this way the residents could maximise the potential of their environment and ultimately realise their own potential.

The ideas fitted well to the ideals of modernism; improving homes and furnishings as well as the people within them and society as a whole.

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P1220471

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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Bas van Pelt (Netherlands, 1931-95)

EMS, My Home. 1930s

Rare early Bas Van Pelt design double-sided desk with two chairs

Bas van Pelt began his shop ‘My Home’ in The Hague, Netherlands in 1931 and within a short period the company opened showrooms in other cities such as Maastricht and Amsterdam. The domestic interior design firm focused on producing high-quality modern interior furniture. Eventually right up until into the 1990s Bas van Pelt furniture and fabrics were also sold throughout The Netherlands and beyond by well-known modernist suppliers and manufacturers such as Thonet, D3, LOV and Gispen.

This early Bas van Pelt design desk and two chairs were manufactured in solid oak wood. Each piece has the Maker/designer’s name brandished in the wood.

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