Gerrit Rietveld Crate chairs

Gerrit Rietveld (Nl. 1888-1964)

Pair of 1970s Crate chairs manufactured by Gerard A. van de Groenekan. (Both with burnished marks to the underside). These particular chairs were commissioned by the original owner.

They are in superb condition; both having their original lightly whitened waxed surfaces.

15,000 euro (Pair)

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Ilmari Tapiovaara Pirkka dining set. 1950s

Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland 1914-99)

Solid lacquered pine and beech wood.

A mid-century Scandinavian design set by Illmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, Finland. This classic ‘Pirkka’ set is composed of a large table, a bench and three chairs.
Designed in 1955 this set is an early production from around the late 1950s-early 1960s. Each piece carries the makers burnished marks alongside the designer’s name.

Price: 4,200 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: 3,500 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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Oswald Vermaercke (attrib.) Desk

Oswald Vermaercke (attrib.) Belgium (1926-/)

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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