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Hein Stolle (Netherlands, 1924-2006)

Small ‘Stolwijk’ table for ‘t Spectrum 1954-55

Original grey painted plywood and steel rod.

In the reconstruction period after the second world war, the Dutch architect and furniture designer Hein Stolle experimented with new materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture. As a furniture designer, Stolle was a member of Groep & (which comprised Wim den Boon, Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp, 1946-1950). In the early 1950s Stolle designed furniture for the distinguished department stores de Bijenkorf and Metz & Co, often in cooperation with Martin Visser. And in the 1950s and ‘60s he also designed various pieces of furniture for furniture factory ’t Spectrum.

This model (Stolwijk) was only produced for a very limited period in the mid-50s

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ADO workers 1930s – Photo – Collection of the Coda museum Apeldoorn. NL.

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.

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Coen De Vries (Netherlands, 1918-)

Sewing/storage box, Tetex, Netherlands.1950s

In the vein of autonomous maker-designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Coen De Vries was one of the first Dutch interior architects to sell and produce their own designs.  He began in 1947 with his shop “De Sleutel” (The Key) in Amsterdam. At ‘The Key’ he was able to retail designs by himself alongside those of other modernist designers whose designs focussed on lightwood furniture with simple construction. At the shop their sober and simple designs were often set off alongside brightly coloured fabrics.

This plywood and steel storage box encapsulates those of the Dutch post war ‘Goed Wonen’ (good living) foundation whose goal was to create good, practical, modern and aesthetically pleasing furniture at an affordable prices.

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Sewing box documented in Goed Wonen, 1950s/60s

The box is composed of double-sided hinged lids that opens to reveal a sectioned interior (removable). It retains its original blue and off-white paint. Tetex produced the design in a range of colours: Red, white, yellow, blue and black. The legs were either in white or grey.

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Dutch 1930s – Modernist shelving unit.
provenance: Johanna Erna Else Schröder (1918 – 1992)
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Johanna Erna Else Schröder (known as Han Schröder) lived in the  in Utrecht, the Netherlands, together with her mother, Truus  Schröder- Schrader who was also an interior decorator. The house was designed in 1924 by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld who became a friend of Schröder’s and an important influence on her future work. While a teenager, she worked on furniture design with both Rietveld and with Gerard van de Groenekan. In 1936, she attended the  Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich Switzerland, graduating as an architect in 1940.
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This small De Stijl / Art Deco / Modernist shelving unit was previously owned by Han Schroeder /Schröder. After the death of Han the family auctioned off her belongings including this table. It is possibly a Gerrit Rietveld design – although a definite attribution can not be given.
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 Jan de Jong (Netherlands, 1917-2001) / Dom Hans van der Laan (Netherlands, 1904-1991)

Hall stand – Original grey painted pine wood. 1970s.

Dom Hans van der Laan was a Dutch Benedictine monk and architect. He was a leading figure in the Dutch ‘Bossche School’. His theories on numerical ratios in architecture, in particular regarding the plastic number, were very influential.

Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor. In the late 1950s the two men worked closely together in the Reconstruction Period after WWII to create a body of work as part of the construction of the churches in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom v.d.Laan’s concepts and ideas into pioneering buildings and spaces.

http://www.vanderlaanstichting.nl/en/domhansvanderlaan/biography

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Jan de Jong (Netherlands, 1917-2001) 

High back chair, 1967

Original olive green stained oak wood, brown leather with galvanised steel base and copper nails.

Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of the monk Dom Hans v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor. In the late 1950s the two men worked closely together in the Reconstruction Period after WWII to create a body of work as part of the construction of the churches in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom Hans v.d.Laan’s concepts and ideas into other public and private pioneering buildings and spaces.

This exceptionally rare and early designed chair by Jan de Jong was made for the members of the city (counsel) of Budel in The Netherlands. De Jong designed the town hall and its furniture as a ‘gesamtwerk’ (a complete relational work based on hermetic planning). The chair is in superb original condition.

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Elmar Berkovich (1897-1968)                             p1150104beek-side-table-by-elmar-berkovich-for-t-spectrum-1950s-12

 

‘Groesbeek’ steel and plywood table. 1950s

Elmar Berkovich was born in Budapest but during his early twenties fled to The Netherlands. There he became a highly valued and productive Dutch interior and furniture designer, designing furniture for Metz & Co throughout the 1930s, and later after 1947, for the Philips factories in Eindhoven and for ‘t Spectrum furniture company.

The modern movement was well underway in The Netherlands when Berkovich arrived and later it was Berkovich who was largely responsible for introducing innovative designs by modernists like Rietveld, Breuer, Huszar and van der leck (among others) to the Metz & Co. store.

In the 1960s retrospective exhibitions of his work in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1962) and later in Eindhoven (1963) in the Van Abbemuseum.

This Berkovich designed table is named the ‘Groesbeek’ side table. It was manufactured as a very limited edition by the ‘t Sprectrum company in the 1950s. It is totally original and in very good condition. The smaller image shows another table (variation) available named the ‘Beek’ table.

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