Luterma /Venesta Stool & Tray for Isokon

Plywood stool/table 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: 3,500 euro

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Oswald Vermaercke (attrib.) Desk

Oswald Vermaercke (attrib.)

A large double sided desk. One side of the desk has a sliding door below a low standing shelf and the other side of the desk has five pull out drawers.

This desk has been attributed to the Belgian designer Oswald Vermaercke in that it has clear similarities to Vermaercke’s ‘Oslo’ desk for V-Form from the same period. It is possibly a variation on the design or is an earlier prototype?

h.78cm x w.160cm x d.82cm

Price: 3,200.00 euro

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Theo de Wit desk chair.

Theo de Wit (Nl. early c.20th)

Modernist cantilever chair by Dutch designer Theo de Wit for EMS Overschie. The design would have only been manufactured for a short period in the mid 1930s. It is n all original condition with just one small veneer repair to the front edge of the plywood seat.

Ref: 1/ Metal Tubular Chairs P.43 / 2/Bierens de Haan ‘Schoonheid van het Moderne Binnenhuis’ 1830s.

h.76cm x w.50cm x d.37cm (seat 47cm)

Price: 1,400.00 euro

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Ernest Race BA23 chairs

Ernest Race Set of five BA23 aluminium chairs. Circa 1945-64.

The BA23 was one of the first mass-produced, cast aluminium chairs in the world – Over 250,000 were manufactured.
Wood was scarce in 1945 and the British Government encouraged manufacturers to use new materials that were more available – like aluminium – which was plentiful due to the decommissioning of weapons and aircraft. It was an immediate success, becoming the showpiece of the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946.

The chairs are in original condition with definite signs of age and use.

h.76cm x w.44cm x d.44cm

Price: 1,600.00 euro

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Rare Piano Stool by Wim Den Boon

Wim den Boon (Dutch 1912-1968)

A very rare piano stool by Dutch architect and interior designer Wim den Boon. This stool was designed as part of a complete interior in the late 50s. The only other one we know of was a white version owned by Den Boon for his own use (documented in the Den Boon archive at the NI in Rotterdam). Full provenance is available.

In 1945 Den Boon founded ‘Groep &’ together with Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykam’. The group’s ambition was to continue the purist and functionalist prewar ideals and aesthetic into the postwar period, or ‘reconstruction period’ in The Netherlands. Many of the group’s designs can be seen in the Goed Wonen magazine of which Den Boon was the editorial secretary from 1948-1950 and for which he wrote several articles.

h.54cm x w.42cm x d.42cm

Price: 1,600.00 euro

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Dom Hans vd Laan desk and stool. 1960s

Dom Hans van der Laan (NL 1904-1991)

Early desk & stool.
This desk and stool were made for a private residence in the Netherlands in the 1971. They were commissioned as part of a complete interior refurbishment by Bossche School architects Louis de Kok/Fons Vermeulen. The olive colour wash applied to the furniture was conceived by the artist Wim van Hooff whose colour schemes were utilised by many Bossche School designs during the mid century period.
The desk is particularly rare being that it is one of a limited number of vd Laan’s designs that were applied to domestic rather than ecclesiastical environments.
_Full provenance available

Prices: Desk: 12,000 euro Stool: 4,600 euro

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Wim den Boon armchair. 1958

Wim Den Boon (1912-1968) founded ‘Groep & together with Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykam’, in 1945. The group’s ambition was to continue the purist and functionalist prewar ideals and aesthetic into the postwar period or ‘reconstruction period’ in The Netherlands. Many of the group’s designs can be seen in the magazine ‘Goed Wonen’ of which Den Boon was the editorial secretary from 1948-1950 and for which he wrote several articles. Den Boon’s dogmatic character and the austere tone of his articles resulted in some controversy, which resulted in Wim Den Boon’s resignation from the magazine in 1950.

This armchair (dated 1958) is registered and documented in the New Dutch Institute for Architecture, Design and Digital Technology (NI). Like much of Den Boon’s designs, the chair was designed as part of a complete interior. The chair comes with full provenance.

2,000.00 euro

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