is a Dutch (office) furniture manufacturer for over 100 years.
Estimated at Euro 6,000 – 8,000 while on auction at Venduehuis The Hague, October 10, 2012.
Update: Oops I wrongly thought this was a Tom Dixon Chair….
Engineering Temporality, a mini collection of a cabinet and a chair, by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen is a tribute to human fragility. The project evolved from Tolvanen’s personal experience with his grandmother’s declining health due to Alzheimer’s:
“Her Alzheimer’s disease is unraveling the fabric of her life, knot by knot, and vaporizing the very core of her personality and life, her memories, and turning her into a shell of a human being.”
Tolvanen used tubular steel as the main ingredient of his creations, he then cut the tubes into small rings and joined them back together to form a semi-covering layer over existing objects. Then, he burnt them:
“My pursuit was to give an object a memory, create tension and stage a play between the perfect, anonymous mass produced structural material and the imperfect of human being. The shell that is left caresses the vanished object, the memory of it, referring to the past.”
I’ve revisited Vivian Beer’s VB Studio site and was pleasantly surprised, not to say smitten, by the quality of her site where I found this red Rocker.
Red Rocker was a hunt of subtlety within a not-so-subtle color range. I knew it had to be a saturated red but not quite a “lipstick” color…
I settled on one that is based in a violet range rather than a cadmium red. It is a tonal range that has been used on a number of Chevy “muscle” show cars. So it’s a combination of muscle and cosmetic. Lipstick and muscle cars have a lot in common!
I can relate to the choice as once I had to choose a red for a fast boat…the association evident from the front and view of this chair. Red Boats and Red Chairs come together here;-)
An iconic “T” side chair by William Katavolos circa 1952.
The leather on this chair has been professionally restored.
good vintage condition
Measurements: height: 31 1/2″ second height: 17″ depth: 21″ width/length: 24″
Number of items: 1
Materials/Techniques: Leather and chromium plated and enameled steel
Photography provided by Christopher Anthony Ltd
Update: I’ve added the other two designers who cooperated with William Katavolos
Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on June 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM