Jac van den Bosch vanity table

A vanity table by Amsterdamse School designer Jac van den Bosch. Circa 1906.

Burnished initials and a ‘t Binnenhuis metal label to the underside.

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Theo de Wit cantilever chair

Theo de Wit (Nl. early c20th)

Nickel plated steel and plywood chair for EMS Overschie 1930s.

A rare classic modernist chair by this Dutch designer. The seat and back have been refinished to a surface as close as possible to the original. The frame has a warm patina resulting from years of use.

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Hans vd Laan & Harry van Hal (Nl. c20th)

Unique merbau wood 1970s Bossche school table by c20th Dutch architects Hans vd Laan and Harry van Hal. This bespoke table was designed and made as part of the interior furnishings of the Bethlehem church (Bethlehemkerk) in Breda, Netherlands.

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EU04 Cees Braakman sideboard for UMS Pastoe.

Cees Braakman (Nl. 1917-1995)

EU04 Japanese series sideboard. Made to be freestanding by having a continuous teak structure. The manufacture was therefore more expensive which limited their demand amongst Dutch customers in the 1950s. For that reason very few were produced and sold.

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Bas van Pelt desk & chairs

Bas van Pelt (Netherlands, 1931-95)

EMS, My Home. 1930s

Rare early Bas Van Pelt design double-sided desk with two chairs

Bas van Pelt began his shop ‘My Home’ in The Hague, Netherlands in 1931 and within a short period the company opened showrooms in other cities such as Maastricht and Amsterdam. The domestic interior design firm focused on producing high-quality modern interior furniture. Eventually right up until into the 1990s Bas van Pelt furniture and fabrics were also sold throughout The Netherlands and beyond by well-known modernist suppliers and manufacturers such as Thonet, D3, LOV and Gispen.

This early Bas van Pelt design desk and two chairs were manufactured in solid oak wood. Each piece has the Maker/designer’s name brandished in the wood.

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Slothouber & Graatsma cubes.

Jan Slothouber & William Graatsma (NL. Mid-c20th)
Five modular cubes from the 1970s. Laminated plywood.
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The Dutch duo Slothouber & Graatsma established themselves from the 1950s as artist/designers with the cube form as their key motif around which they developed various principles of cubic construction alongside multiples and variations thereof. Despite its restrictions they admired the cube for its clarity of form. They applied their thinking around it to a variety of objects, and artworks from small jewellery-scale 3d models and games to larger installation works.
Highly driven personalities, they considered themselves as discoverers of ‘the many applications of the democratic system of cubics’; a system that would ostensively act to counter the rise of the expressive individualism in post-WWII culture. (They later established the CCC_the Center for Cubic Constructions as a forum for promoting their ideas).
__Due to their diverse and multidisciplinary output they were never to become global names – But they were a highly respected creative team (representing The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1970) and in 1965 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam honoured them with the exhibition ‘Vier kanten: maat, vorm, kleur, letter’ (Four sides: size, form, colour, letter). Donald Judd for one was a great admirer of their work.

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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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Set of six Arts & Crafts oak dining chairs. 1920s-30s.

Narrow British oak dining chairs. 1920s-30s.

These Arts & Crafts chairs are in the Cotswold style and combine elements of British Arts & Crafts with elements of the European modernist movement. The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials.

Hand made with small variations. They have been varnished in the last decade.

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