Wim den Boon (Dutch 1912-1968)
The Dutch designer Wim den Boon designed this pair of chairs in 1954 as a commission for a home in Reeuwijk, in South Holland [purchased directly from the family]. __These are the two remaining chairs of the actual four pictured in Peter Vöge’s book on Wim den Boon [Vöge,1989;p.22]. Although the design never went into production, the chairs exemplify the lasting influence of Gerrit Rietveld and early modernism during the reconstruction period after WWII when Dutch designers continued to experiment and employ a strict/pared-down use of materials and techniques for the cost effective mass-production of furniture.
Oak, sprung seats with vinyl upholstery.
Hein Stolle (Netherlands, 1924-2006)
Original painted plywood wall cabinet. 1950s
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.
Unique modernist wall cabinet was made for a 1953 exhibition Ons Huis, ons t’huis, (Our House, us at Home) held at De Bijenkorf warehouse in Amsterdam. The cabinet was exhibited at Wonderwood gallery’s exhibition of Stolle’s work in 2004 shortly before his death.
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Literature: Hein Stolle Architect Verteller Meubelontwerper Publisher: Wonderwood, 2004 (book as illustrated above)
W.(Wim) Den Boon (Netherlands, 1912-1968)Pair of triangular side tables, 1950s
chromed steel and formica board.
The Dutch architect Wim Den Boon alongside Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp formed the ‘Group&’ in the period shortly after WWII as part of the Dutch ‘Goed Wonen’ (Good living) movement. They focused on designing purist interior furniture and design that fitted in seamlessly with the functionalist designs of the thirties.
By the 1950s Den Boon broke with ‘Group &’ and established himself as an independent furniture designer in The Hague. From that time and throughout the 60s he was responsible for many interiors and renovation projects, particularly in The Hague. These tables were designed as part of the interiors of one of those projects – The tables can be seen within the complete interior of a house in the images of Peter Voge’s biography of Den Boon.
As seen, the design of these tables was ahead of its time – There are visible influences of Rietveld and De Stijl or even the Scandinavian designs of Kjaerholm. At his best Den Boon designed some of the most futuristic interiors during the 1950s. His furniture is rare to find and most of it can only be experienced through photographic documentation.
Ref: Peter Voge “Wim Den Boon Binnenhuisarchitect”