Dom Hans van der Laan church alter/table. 1950s-60s

A large Bossche School alter table. Designed by the Dutch Benedictine monk/architect Dom Hans vd Laan. The metal and stone decorative elements across the side were believed to have been designed by Wim van Hooff (1918-2002) who was a painter and colour consultant who developed his own colour theories in addition to making an important contribution to the architecture of the Bossche School.

This rare example of Van der Laan’s designs was part of a collection of furniture came from a post-war church in Amstelveen in The Netherlands.

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H.Fillikes WL3 wall lamp 1950s for Artiforte.

H.Fillikes (Netherlands mid-c20th)

Very rare Artiforte WL3 wall lamp (the wall lamp version of Fillikes more well-known ‘Magneto lamp’). Like the Magneto lamp, very few were manufactured during a short period of production in the mid-1950s. Excellent condition for its age – all original.

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Jan van Grunsven (Dutch c20th)

This Scissor sofa was designed by architect Jan van Grunsven in 1959 and was produced by UMS/Pastoe in Utrecht. It has laminated layers of plywood and the original grey-brown wool upholstery and Dunlop foam. Van Grunsven worked as an architect in Gerrit Rietveld’s studio during the 1950s -1960s.

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Aldo van Eyck (Netherlands, 1918-1999)

1/2 Wall mounted modernist benches.

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 for a doctors waiting room..

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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Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland 1914-1999)

Laukaan Puu. Finland 1950s

Stained pine. [Two with burnished manufacturer’s markings].

Three rare modular book shelves designed as part of a complete storage system.

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Frank Guille (United Kingdom, 1927-2018)

A ‘Trimma’ cabinet/sideboard. 1950s.

Plywood and beech wood with yellow formica top.

Frank Guille was one of Britain’s finest mid-century designers. His work was defined by a dedication to function, utility and simplicity.

Under a string of brilliant teachers, Frank Guille was shaped to become part of a new wave of designers. He first learned from English masters Robin Day and Gordon Russell. Later, on scholarship in Copenhagen, he studied under one of the founders of Danish modern furniture design – Kaare Klint“. [Mr.Bigglesworthy website]

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