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Be Niegeman-Brand (Dutch mid-c20th)

Cube stool – Circa early 1950s for Goed Wonen. 31.5 x 31.5 x 31.5cm

A very rare piece of children’s furniture in cube form. Designed by Be-Niegeman-Brand, the wife of the architect/designer Johan Niegeman (1902-77).

The cube stool was designed to be multi-functional and included a stool, a table and a toy.

Produced by the Dutch Goed Wonen (Good Living foundation, Amsterdam 1946-1968) whose aims were to “…bring living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the interior design 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.” 

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Lit.: The cube is featured in the Goed Wonen, fifth year – Number 5 from 1952 (see image)

Provenance: This item comes with full provenance which will be supplied with the item.

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Elmar Berkovich (NL. 1897-1968)

A pair of very rare oak armchairs designed by Elmar Berkovich. Designed for the workers at the Shell factory and originally made to be clipped together and exported easily for the factories in Dutch East Indies colonies. (The frames are now glued together).

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Marcel Breuer (Hungary/usa 1902-1981)

Two stacking cream white lacquered plywood side tables. Isokon UK.

Designed in 1936 Breuer whilst in the UK began to explore plywood as a material. During that period Breuer designed several classic modernist pieces that were put into production by Jack Pritchard of Isokon. We believe that these are a 60s production by John Alan. London.

Manufactured in the 1950s/60s.

Please note: We also have one other single table available – The table is a similar size to the larger one (…but is not the third one to the set) We believe that they were purchased from John Alan company in London in the 1960s where they sold individually (we have a John Alan pamphlet from the period to show this).

 

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Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016 Ger/USA)

Two early edition ‘Capricorn’ chaise lounges. These chairs are in original vintage condition and would benefit from restoration from any prospective buyer. (We could have restored them but decided to leave them as they were).

One has been painted white and one is simply rusty at the moment – They would both look great when restored.

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Yrjö Ilmari Tapiovaara

(Finland, 1914-1999)

Manufactured by Laukaan Puu Finland, late 1950s as a very limited edition.

A dark varnished Pine and beech wood structure with green rexine doors and black painted wooden legs.

The Pirkka range by the Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara is one of the most popular Finnish furniture ranges qualifying with an almost cult status in the mid-century modern markets. The Pirkka range was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 and it alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture.

With the mind of an explorer and soul of a craftsman, Ilmari Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a modernist master of characteristic, human objects and surroundings.

Although Pirkka series furniture is fairly common to find, the sideboards are what can only be described as ‘rare as hen’s teeth’; possibly one of the rarest of Tapiovaara’s designs.

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Ref: Svenskberg, Aila (ed.): Ilmari Tapiovaara: Life and Design. Translated by Jüri Kokkonen. Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2014

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Georges Jouve (France, 1910- 1964) &/for Marcel Asselbur

Rare 1950s wall mirror / coat hanger with four brass arms each with a black ceramic sculptural form attached. Made for and in part with Marcel Asselbur (the two collaborated throughout the 1950s to produce domestic items)

Good condition – minimal signs of age/use.

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Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)

Solid lacquered beech & pine wood

‘Pirkka’ series table and stool, Laukaan Puu. 1950s

The Pirkka range was designed by Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 for Laukaan Puu. The design alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture.  Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. During his long career, Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a master of characteristic and human objects and surroundings. The designs of Ilmari Tapiovaara have proved their quality by remaining a part of our daily lives as interesting, still relevant, functional and aesthetic pieces of furniture.

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