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Tubular steel armchair
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United Kingdom

Product description

A rare tubular steel armchair for the Tiel Insurance Company Office, Utrecht 1936
Architect and interior designer Sybold van Ravesteyn (1889-1983), who started his career as a civil engineer, in the 1920's became acquainted with and influenced by Gerrit Rietveld and other De Stijl members, which is reflected in his work of this period. In the 1930's, Van Ravesteyn gradually freed himself from the functionalist dogmas to work in a more frivolous idiom, derived from the baroque and Louis XV-style. However criticised by his more purist colleagues, Van Ravesteyn's new work led to many important commissions, such as the renovation of the offices of the Tiel Fire Insurance Company in 1936, for which he designed the eccentric curvilinear chair here offered for sale. A year later Van Ravesteyn was asked to furnish the interior of the royal yacht Piet Hein, in which he applied chairs of the same design
Chromium plated tubular steel frame with elaborately curved feet and armrests, with ebonised wood, padded seat and backrest, upholstered in brown velvet.
Height 77 cm, stains
Literature: Cf. E. Bergvelt et al., Rotterdam 1996, p. 253, fig. 380 for comparable chairs