Chair insiders (should) know that Delft Architecture Faculty (In Dutch Faculteit Bouwkunde, or abbreviated BK for Bouw Kunde) of Delft Technical University (TU Delft) in The Netherlands has a famous collection of designer chairs.
On May 13, 2008 The Delft Architecture Faculty got a lot of egg on its face when its building burnt down. Every newspaper all of a sudden asked whether the chair collection would be lost forever. Luckily that was not the case.
Now the collection has found a permanent exhibition place finally. I’d missed it:
Event: Faculty of Architecture to open permanent exhibition of famous chair collection
05 October 2010 | 16:00 o’clock
location: Faculteit Bouwkunde
Paul Schnabel is to open the new permanent exhibition of TU Delft Faculty of Architectureâ€™s famous chair collection on 5 October. The extensive collection, which is very important from a historical point of view, has now been given a place of honor in the Faculty of Architectureâ€™s new premises in Julianalaan in Delft with financial support from the Sofa Foundation.
16:00 Welcome by Dean Wytze Patijn;
16:10 Sofaâ€™s last trick;
16:20 Opening ceremony conducted by Paul Schnabel;
16:35 Drinks at the exhibition.
But I’ve noticed it via Design.nl.
Kossmann De Jong realized the Wall of Chairs which was facilitated with a grant from the Sofa Foundation.
It seems that the site from the Sofa Foundation Stichting Sofa doesn’t work propely today, but some history can be found at Johannes Niemeijer‘s site. Nowadays the Sofa Foundation seems to be administered by the Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation.
During working days the exhibition is open to the public and without charge. It’s address is
BK City (next to the Library)
Two brothers, Matthieu (1815-1889) and Willem Horrix (1816-1881) started to build their furniture manufacturing company, Meubelenfabriek Anna Palowna, in The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1850. The company was closed in 1890 after Matthieu died. Matthieu was the designer of the two. They had their training in the family business and in Paris. One of their famous chairs, a royal throne used at the coronation of William III as King of The Netherlands belongs to the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
I found this Horrix sofa photo somewhere on the Internet. Ah I now see the photo is probably from the The Hague Notary Public Auction House (Venduhuis der Notarissen) where two of these canapes were sold for Euro 800.- and Euro 900.- respectively in May 2007.