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: 3,500 euro

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Jan de Jong & Dom Hans vd Laan (Nl. mid 20th century)

Bossche School high backed chair.


Designed by the benedictine monk and architect Dom Hans van der Laan and executed by Jan de Jong in the 1960s – the chair was commissioned for the Willibrordus church in Almelo which despite being one of the best examples of Dutch churches of the modernist era was knocked down in 2005 as part of a series of unfortunate closures.
Stained exotic woods with copper nails.

h.132cm x w.64cm x d.56cm (seat 48cm)

Price: 6,790 euro

http://www.merzbaufurniture.com

Werkstätten Hagenauer African Woman

Werkstätten Hagenauer.

Circa 1950s. Double sided carved head of an African woman.

33.5 x 25 x 9cm

It has a warm patina and is mounted onto a 3mm brass base plate. [more images available on request]

Price: 950.00 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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1960s Pine Bench

Midcentury pine bench

A solid pine bench. Designer/maker unknown, possibly of Scandinavian or French origin. It has a constructivist slatted base and three bolted planks as the seat.

h.40cm x w.200cm x d.45cm.

Price: 1,875.00 euro

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Wooden tea trolley. Circa 1940s

Oak tea trolley

Unusual wooden tea trolley with a rustic vernacular appeal. The origin is unknown but it could well be Dutch if not of Nordic or French origin.

h.73cm x w.87cm x d.42cm

Price: 590.00 euro

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Scandinavian pine coffee table. 1960s-70s

Scandinavian pine coffee table


A robust coffee table in the manner of Roland Wilhelmsson or Sven Larsson. We believe that this minimalist table was most likely manufactured in Sweden, circa 1960s-70s. Original condition with signs of use and age.

h.35.5cm x w.120cm x d.90cm

Price: 825.00 euro

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