Renate Müller Therapeutic toy

Renate Müller (Germany, 1945-now)

Renate Müller therapeutic toy duck. Circa 1970s-80s.
Jute & leather.

Mid-century German designer Renate Müller designed therapeutic toys that stemmed from a long standing family interest in pedagogy and progressive education. Her interest in simple designs and natural materials were influenced by the earlier Bauhaus school.
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60cm high x 40 x 30.

Price: 1,800 euro

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Sep Ruf (attrib.) floor lamp

Sep Ruf (Germany, 1908 -1982)

Brutalist German steel floor lamp attributed to architect Sep Ruf. Circa 1970s.

Price: 1,650 euro

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Jan den Drijver De Stijl armchairs. 1930s

Jan den Drijver (Johannes Hendrik Bastiaan den Drijver) Netherlands, 1903-1993.

Important pair of armchairs designed and manufactured during Jan den Drijver’s formative years in The Hague when he established ‘Woningrichting De Stijl’, a showroom and workshop which lasted for only three years between 1933-36. (One chair retains its original paper label).

Beech wood with upholstered seats & back rests.

71cm high x 55cm wide x 55cm deep. Seat height 40cm.

Price: 1,575 euro (pair)

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Hein Salomonson pair of easy chairs

Hein Salomonson (Netherlands 1910-1994)

Rare pair of patinated steel upholstered armchairs.

AP Originals. 1958.

h.71cm x w.73.5cm x d.62cm

Price: 2,100 euro (pair)

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Luterma /Venesta Stool & Tray for Isokon

Venesta plywood table/stool.

Plywood table/stool with its accompanying circular tray. Manufactured by Luterma in Estonia circa 1930s. Both stool and tray are stamped/labelled Venesta.

The British furniture entrepreneur Jack Pritchard managed Venesta the import company for Luterma in England who later formed the Isokon furniture company which most notably employed Marcel Breuer. These tables/stools were distributed in England post 1933 until 1939 exclusively by Isokon alongside designs by Marcel Breuer and Egon Riss.

Although the designer of the stool remains anonymous, in 2004 the art historian Alastair Grieve described a modification of the original Luterma stool (of which this stool is one) when he wrote that the original design was subsequently re-designed by the architect and founder of the Bauhaus Walter Gropius (hired as a consultant to Isokon). The very slight alterations Gropius made was to include sharper curves to the cut-out squares of the stool. Gropius’s drawings for the redesign can reportedly be found in the collection of the V&A Museum, London.

The separate tray placed on top of the stool is unusual and rare in that it is much thinner than all other trays we have seen. This has led to some minor warping over time (which may have been why it was produced later with a thicker rim?) The thinner rimmed tray may suggest that this was an early production or at the least a more limited production?

h.46.5cm x w.44cm x d.44cm

Literature:-
• Kermik, Juri (2004) The Luther factory: Plywood and furniture 1877-1940
• Daybelge & Englund, (2019); Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain
• Pritchard, Jack (1984); View from a Long Chair: The Memoirs of Jack Pritchard

Price: 3,600 euro

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Low modernist console/table

Midcentury console table

An elegant open fronted console table attributed to Metz & Co. It has visual similarities to the designs of Willem Penaat as well as Gerrit Rietveld and Rietveld Jr. Original lacquer in light grey, creme and red.

h.46cm x w.104.5 x d.34.5cm

Price: 895.00 euro

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