Berlage Armchair

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Berlage Armchair

Hendrik Petrus Berlage didn’t like curves. In his younger years he tried to avoid curves as much as possible especially in his furniture design. This sideview of one of his later armchairs shows he is on the verge of lifting the curve ban. Also his way of constructing the declining back without having to bend the back shows here in a particular way.

Walnut Lola Chair

Walnut Lola Side
Walnut Lola Detail
Walnut Lola Back
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Walnut Lola Chair

As I said before: This Walnut Lola Chair by Leslie Webb could be a new interpretation of a Frank lloyd Wright or a Hendrik Petrus Berlage chair.

Berlage Chair by Richard Hutten

Berlage Chair by Richard Hutten sideview I56A1012

Berlage Chair by Richard Hutten Front I56A1015

Berlage Chair by Richard Hutten

Richard Hutten designed these chairs as a tribute to Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Berlage was the architect who designed the The Hague Municipal Museum of Modern Art (or Gemeentemuseum) in The Hague.
The chairs are used in the museum’s restaurant.

Berlage Chair

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Berlage Chair

This chair, designed by Dutch Architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage is part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam which has an impressive collection of design chairs.

Berlage was a man who did not like curves. Because a chair needs a back that reclines a bit to make it more comfortable to sit on, he applied another design principle, according to reviewers of his work borrowed from the Egyptian Chair: Not having the back and the hind legs of the chair being made from one curving piece of wood, but to have the back lean on the seating or, like in this chair on the ruler connecting hind legs and front legs. Frank Lloyd Wright, who inspired Berlage did the same with this high back chair.

De Stijl Magazine – J.J.P. Oud Bench vs Berlage Bench

J.J.P. Oud bench in magazine De Stijl
For me learning about De Stijl, a group of artists, designers and architects, but also a magazine by the same name is part of uncovering the history of chair design. Therefore I’m sharing this find of the scans of the first 3 volumes of the magazine “De Stijl” by … the University Library of the University of Iowa.
De Stijl magazine was edited by Theo van Doesburg. Leiden, 1917-1932. In total 8 volumes with 90 numbers were published.

The print is from the hall of a Dutch holiday home designed by J.J.P. Oud with benches integrated in the structure of the hall.

Berlage Bench Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Although Hendrik Petrus Berlage was not part of De Stijl as he was from a slightly older generation of architects, he must have influenced the members of De Stijl. He integrated a bench in a similar way in the The Hague City Museum of Modern Art (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag). Unfortunately The angle of my lens was not wide enough to capture both benches at once:-)