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Jan van Bommel (Dutch mid c20th)

Unique table.

The Dutch architect Jan van Bommel designed this table as part of a private commission in the 1950s in Rotterdam. The table was purchased directly from the first owner.

Solid teak top with steel and wooden legs.

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Aldo van Eyck (Netherlands, 1918-1999)

Wall mounted modernist bench.

Rexine over wooden structure with painted steel supports.

This is 1 of 2 Dutch commissioned 1950s wall mounted benches designed by architect Aldo Van Eyck. Some provenance available. The bench is thought to have been designed and made as a private commission in the 1950s.

Aldo van Eyck was an award winning architect from the Netherlands and a member of CIAM. He was one of the most influential protagonists of the Structuralist architectural movement. Van Eyck lectured throughout Europe and northern America propounding the need to reject Functionalism and attacking the lack of originality in most post-war Modernism. Van Eyck’s position as co-editor of the Dutch magazine Forum helped publicise the “Team 10” call for a return to humanism within architectural design.

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Marcel Breuer (Hungarian, 1902-1981)

Isokon Long Chair (early 1960s production) – Upholstered plywood

The Hungarian-born, modernist architect and furniture designer was one of the masters of Modernism. Breuer extended the sculptural vocabulary he had developed in the carpentry shop at the Bauhaus into a personal architecture that made him one of the world’s most popular architects at the peak of 20th-Century design.

Breuer came to Britain in the mid-1930s following the closure of the Bauhaus by the Nazis. He became acquainted with Jack Pritchard the owner of Isokon, who suggested he design furniture for the company. Pritchard had become interested in the plywood designs of Alvar Aalto and wanted to produce similar furniture himself. The Long Chair was an adaptation of a previous design for an aluminium framed chaise Breuer had produced in 1932.

The Long Chair was designed by Breuer for the British Isokon company in 1935-36 and is considered one of the most important pieces of furniture to emerge from the inter-war modern movement.

In 1968, Pritchard licensed John Alan Designs, based in Camden, London to produce the Long Chair – John Alan manufactured the chair according to larger measurements in order to make the chair more 60s-friendly. This chair is thought to pre-date that period as it still retains the older smaller measurements. The upholstery is showing distinct signs of age and use.

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Oliver Bernard (attrib.) UK. early c20th.

SP4 desk chair. PEL furniture (Practical Equipment Ltd.). 1931-32.

The design was adapted from Thonet’s 1928-9 ss33 design (attributed to Hans & Wassili Luckhardt). It retains its original green rexine upholstery and has the metal PEL badge.

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Poul Kjaerholm (Denmark, 1929-1980)

Pk101 candelabrum for Kold Christensen. 1956.

Brushed steel. Stamped ‘Denmark’. According to Michael Sheridan’s catalogue raisonne on Kjaerholm, the double-helix design of the PK101 illustrates Kjaerholm’s desire to emulate abstraction and economy of form found in the plant kingdom. The thin steel rods attached to the central tube exploit the high tensile strength of steel to reduce the rods to their minimum diameter. The rods were threaded at both ends in order to support a set of rings sized to fit the typical Danish candle commonly used at Christmas.

Together with this candelabrum we are including a set of small ball shaped candles with an extending section to fit the rings of the candelabrum – The candles are designed by Timo Sarpanava.

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Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland 1914-1999)

Pirkka stool for Laukaan Puu. Finland. 1950s.

Marked to the underside with full designer/ company brandished markings.

Price: 1150 Euro

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