This photo is made by Geert Vanhoutte, a Belgian collector of bentwood furniture. He used to have a nice blog and/or cooperated with an Austrian blog about Bentwood chairs. Both or maybe it was just one blog have ceased to exist. Recently he answered an inquiry from me and I am glad he is still alive and kicking. One day I hope to be able to visit him and make photo’s of his collection…..
View of an elbow chair with designed by J.J.P. Oud for Metz & Co., Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Once an Oud fan, always an Oud fan. Usually he designed his furniture fo a certain building he designed. Seldom were his designs produced in large numbers. This is a photo from the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal
On December 7, 2022 this Yellow Beugelchair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld fetched $30,240 at Phillips
Found this photo of the Knitting Chair by J.J.P. Oud in Wikimedia The photo seems from a certain Oscar.
Then I found a second one at the site of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen who have one in their collection as well.
And after publication of this post the algoritm of the similar posts below this post pointed me to a Cool Oud chair in New Zealand which is also a Knitting Chair.
I’ve featured the discovery of the Hopmi chair in 2008.
Later I’ve featured the re edition of a certain number of new Hopmi Chairs. A friend of mine bought one of them so I have my own photo of that one.
Now I found out that there is a sequel. There seem to exist several Hopmi Folding Theater chairs. Van den Bruinhorst is a Dutch curator, dealer and restaurateur of mid century furniture in Kampen and has one of the folding chairs for sale.
About the Chair:
Bent and welded steel with special patented joints called “Torpedo” nuts, plywood and beach. The frame, seat, arm- and backrests with the original monochrome paint. Marked “Hopmi” with a small transfer underneath the seat. Dim.: 56 x 46/55 x 90,5 cm
From 1932 – 1934 a small locks- and Bicycle parts factory called Hopmi worked together with the furniture manufacturer U.M.S. in the city of Utrecht, making modern tubular furniture. One of the main characteristics of this furniture was a special joint called the “Torpedo”- nut ,with which the furniture could be taken apart in small particles.
The Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Th. Rietveld made two designs for Hopmi, a folding chair for the cinema Vreeburg in Utrecht and a dining chair. In 1932 the Rietveld folding chair was also used in a new Remonstrant church at the Diepenbrockstraat in Amsterdam. For this occasion the chair was adapted with a more curved (ergonomic) seat, arm- and backrest. We don’t know if and in what way Rietveld was involved in these adaptions. The chairs in our collection is the adapted version from the Amsterdam church in its original condition.
Remonstrant Church, Diepenbrockstraat Amsterdam, 1932
Private Dutch Collector 2001
About the Callery
The gallery was founded by Aagje Voordouw and Ad van den Bruinhorst. Ad began working as a vintage design dealer in 1992 after he studied fine arts. Being a great admirer of the modernist movements from the twenties and thirties, he focused on Dutch Design from the interwar period.
Through archival research and restoring the objects in person he became an expert in this field. This expertise was valued by his customers, the avid collectors, but also came to the attention of museum curators, documentary makers, art historians and publishers. He was asked to perform in documentary films, to participate in museum exhibitions, to write articles for art magazines and to be a speaker at symposia.