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Amsterdam Modern

Amsterdam Modern

Amsterdam Modern

When you see “Amsterdam Modern” and see me featuring it you will think (like I did) : “That’s probably a shop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands which sells some chairs” or “Maybe some Amsterdam based designer”…Not so. Amsterdam Modern is located in Van Nuys, CA 91401, United States of America. However, it does have a connection with The Netherlands as they buy Dutch Mid Century furniture and ship it to the USA.

In Van Nuys they have a huge warehouse with tons of chairs. See for instance their Dining Page.

Amsterdam Modern is mid-century modern and cool (50′s thru late 70′s) furniture, lighting and other household goods. Our inventory is shipped directly from Amsterdam and comes from all corners of Holland. We have purchased retail stores that have gone out of business and have some special shoppers that collect for us when we aren’t there ourselves. Although we primarily sell to the trade, decorators and Television (yes, Mad Men too :) we also sell directly to the public.

We receive it dirty and dusty….a true discovery when we dig in to uncover the past. Most items are sold in original condition targeting dealers and retail stores, therefore keeping the prices at a reasonable level.

And so you find back a chair designed by Rob Parry for Gelderland in Van Nuys.

Tubular Armchair by Sybold van Ravesteyn

Tubular Armchair by Sybold van Ravesteyn

Tubular Armchair by Sybold van Ravesteyn

Similar design as his 1937 Yacht Chair that we featured axactly one year ago.

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

Sold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam:

Estimated value: 6000-8000 EUR

Reached Price : 8880 EUR

Auction: 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design

Sales date: 2002-11-18 Location: Amsterdam

Lot number: 268

Via Architonic.