Early "Usonian" modernist set
  A once in a lifetime FIND! Sometimes you come across a piece of furniture that immediately blows you away...! That's what happend when I saw this set (two chairs and a side table) for the first time. Its roughness combined with its simple lines makes this set a fantastic design. The sets condition could be discribed as "pretty warn down. Most of the original lacquer was dried up and some parts are coated thick with varnish that was to aggressive for the original lacquer. Therefore the lacquer started to curdle. The lacquer looks like skin that molts of. We are (allready) started to restore one chair. The cushions of the chair displayed on the pictures are, to my opinion, not original. The dark red/black upholstery - DE PLOEG - is in a good condition and faded at some parts. To my knowledge the original cushions should have been tinner and where secured with a belt construction to the sides under the armrests. This way the seatingparts where unable to shift frontwards. Old traces on all sides on the chairs indicate this assumption. To classify this design we have to look at designs from the same period. For instance designs of Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph M. Schindler and Marcel Breuer are combined in this chair and therefore need to be factored in researching this set. About the chairs: Basis of this design are four planks. (The Usonian furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright where mostly made in the same principle. Meaning; That the Usonian furniture was made out of large planks, had a simplistic look and yet where monumental in principle). There's one other architect that made his furniture in a simular way. His name is Rudolph Michael Schindler (Austria). He was a contemporary of Frank lloyd Wright which worked in the same manner. Continuing: The armrests are made out of solid oak. The planks are laminated on both sides with beech (2 mm) and are 1.8 cm thick. Except the up- and downside of the backrest all sides of the planks are decorated (inlaid) with small laminated strips of wood (pic 5). The chairs are standing on round, sawed out, feet on the front- and backside of the side planks. The side table has the same feet with round curves. The angle of the backrest and the two planks on the side of the chair equals the angle of the side table feet. Its soberness reflects a period in which high-end furniture was designed in a "no nonsence" way that was acustomed in these days and inspired by the works of Frank LLoyd Wright and the German Bauhaus principles. Dutch designers, looking to the set as a whole, that comes to mind are Gerrit Rietveld, Willem Retera and Bas van Pelt. Origin: most likely Dutch. Year: mid 1920's. NFS: Not for sale (yet).
  Unknown / In research
  Lacquered beech and oak.
  Very good.



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