Dear design lovers and collectors,

Welcome to the ARCHIVE of Cencity.nl, a gathering of images, client testimonials, reviews and background information about vintage furniture and lighting design sold at cencity.nl.

In the past, Cencity.nl has sold a large number of mid-century design worldwide. This online archive shows highlights of the past, for Cencity’s current offers please have a look at www.cencity.nl


 

 

CUSTOMERS’ INTERIOR WITH A LARGE MURANO GLASS FLOOR LIGHT

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“Hi Harry, the lamp arrived savely, never seen such a terrific packing work! “
( review of a Paris’ customer, who ordered this large glass floor light ) Thanks for showing this picture here!

ARTIFORT ‘CONCORDE’ CHAIRS IN A CUSTOMERS’ TASTEFUL LIVING ROOM

customers-review-comment-purchase-cencity-nl-webshop-1“After a long search we found this amazing set of original Artifort ‘Concorde’ easy chairs at Cencity. This type of furniture is truely meeting our expectations!” ( Client testimonial after purchase at www.cencity.nl )

THEO ARTS SIDEBOARD 1950IES

theo-arts-furniture-fifties-dutch-rare-minimal-design-black-pinewood-fifties-architecture-pastoe-goed-wonen-era-2In the Netherlands, during the 1950ies, several bigger and smaller furniture companies developed distinctive lines of modernist furniture. Some of them have become icons, other are not that well-known, but this beautiful and rare Dutch sideboard here can’t be unmentioned..!
This is a most attractive low board by Theo Arts, who collaborated with the Good Wonen foundation in the early fifties, and started a small furniture company in Rotterdam where this small sideboard was produced.

LUTJENS BOOKCASE BIRCH WOOD

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Very attractive birch plywood bookcase designed by Willem Lutjens in 1953. During the fifties and sixties a number of similar bookcases were produced, using the same modular system sticks and shelves combination. Only the Lutjens has the typical bentwood ends on the shelves.
This piece of furniture can be used as a bookcase, but thanks to its open structure it would look great as a room divider as well.

ANVIA COUNTER BALANCE CEILING LIGHT IN A COLLECTORS’ RESIDENCE

“Hi Harry, the lamp arrived savely, thank you for the professional service, the packaging was perfect!”  ( Testimonial by a vintage design collector from Germany. Thanks for sharing this picture here! )

For all available counter balance lights please have a look at www.cencity.nl

STILNOVO BRUNO GATTA WALL LIGHTS

Founded by Bruno Gatta, Stilnovo is a significant part of the first wave Italian companies that was capable of mass-producing innovative, functional lighting. The company was founded in 1946, and Bruno Gatta created most of the designs. The company also worked with a number of famous designers such as Joe Colombo, Gaetano Sciolari and Ettore Sottsass.

Stilnovo’s reputation rests on its drive to engage in new materials, and in the quality finish of its products. The lighting designs created by Stilnovo are known for its well executed organic lines and especially the fifties designs have a remarkable floral appearance, which is complemented by the use of delicate materials such as thin painted aluminium and brass.

HAGOORT CEILING LIGHT MEETS JACOBSEN EGG CHAIR

“This amazing Hagoort ceiling light instantly caught my attention when surfing on the net. Harry was very helpful and communicative and the lamp came packed with extreme care. Thank you Harry for your excellent service!”  Review of vintage collector from Poland. Great match with the Egg chair!  Thanks for your picture and words!

JOE COLOMBO ‘SPIDER’ FLOOR LIGHT

4Established in 1945 by Giuseppe Ostuni, Oluce is the oldest Italian lighting design company that is still active today. In the early 1950ies the company quickly reached an international public. From the early sixties O’luce worked with Joe Colombo ( Italy, 1930-1971 ) who first created the “Acrilla” in 1962, followed by the “Spider” series in 1965. Every single piece Colombo designed is apparently quite different to another given the variety of shapes and materials he used. Nevertheless, the furniture and lighting he created was practical, comfortable and pleasing for the eye, and all of his designs seems to match together perfectly.

For all available floor lights please have a look at www.cencity.nl

PASTOE EXTENDABLE DINING TABLE TO PARIS

pastoe-dining-table-cencity-review-client-testimonial-blog“I’m totally satisfied by this purchase. The table is in perfect shape, and your packing was very professional. I hope to trade with you in the future for other items !” ( Testimonial of a Paris customer ).

NANNY STILL GLASS LIGHTING OBJECT TO FRANCHE-COMTE

“The chandelier is already in place and all is well! Thank you for this flawless transaction”  ( review by a French customer). This large, vulnerable glass object by Nanny Still was shipped successfully to Franche-Comté, near the Swiss border. Thanks for your picture!

GUZZINI TABLE LIGHT ‘BRUMBURRY’

‘We enjoy our purchase everyday!’ (Client testimonial from a Customer from The Hague, Netherlands ) Thanks for sharing your picture here!

HANS WEGNER SAW BUCK CHAIRS

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Together with designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner created worldwide respect for Danish furniture design. As all Wegner designs the CH 29 is expertly constructed, and has the very characteristic, appealing Danish looks.

A PAIR OF F-780 ‘CONCORDE’ CHAIRS BY PIERRE PAULIN FOR ARTIFORT

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Paulin and Artifort developed these sensuous ‘Concorde’ lounge chairs back in 1960. Both chairs still have the beautiful original Artifort fabric and attractive plane aluminium base.

TJERK REIJENGA FOR PILASTRO WALL UNIT WITH CABINET

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Higly decorative and functional modular system in an aesthetic mid-century color combination. Very complete. This attractive set contains a quite rare writing desk, a metal cabinet, a black light fixture, several perforated baskets and shelves in red, petrol blue and white. Takes hardly any space and even offers a cozy working spot.
Famous Dutch company Pilastro ( Zwanenburg ) became succesfull during the fifties and sixties, producing many symbolic metal furniture. Head designer Tjerk Reijenga created this modular system for the company, he also designed the famous metal shelving system and the ‘musical scale’ coat rack.
Please have a look at www.cencity.nl for all available pilastro units and parts!

CENCITY AT ROOMED

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“Very attractive webshop, showing a fabulous collection vintage design pieces, dated 1930 to 1980. A true must-visit” ( review by ROOMED, the online magazine with the brightest ideas for how to design your home interior )

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND HIGH STOOLS LEATHER

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A charming leather and chromium-plated lightweight set of 6 high stools by Charlotte Perriand, who designed these stools ( and chairs in the same manner ) for the “Les Arcs” ski resort in France.

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“Cencity has an amazing catalog. It’s difficult not to like all of Harry’s choices. The contact is easy, quick and reliable as well as the packing work!” ( testimonial of a Portuguese customer / vintage collector ). Thanks for sharing the pictures here!

For all available Pastoe furniture please have a look at : www.cencity.nl

BOCCATO, G. NICOLA GIGANTE, A. ZAMBUSI LIGHTING DESIGN

1A pair of very cool ‘googie’ Totum lights by Italian producer Zerbetto Padova. Large, faceted perspex insect eyes, that glares into your room..! During the sixties, the Pop Art movement gave birth to a brand new mode of expression in furniture and lighting design; radically departing from all that had gone before, designers delighted in adopting the visual language of space flights, television, commerce and the ‘ordinary life’, to create work that was playful and provocative. These lights are produced by the Italian Zerbetto company, which was founded in the late 40ies, and introduced from the very start fluorescent lighting technologie into Italian lighting design. Nicola Gigante also designed Zerbetto’s fluorescent tube light, in 1981.

This lights have been shipped to France. For current offers please have a look at:

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DUTCH SIDEBOARD IN A PARIS RESIDENCE

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“Really happy with the furniture I bought; Nice and permanent contact during the procedure of the purchase, well done packing and excellent communication regarding the shipping organization. And the furniture is in really good condition!” ( Clients’ testimonial from Paris, France ) Thanks for your comment and for sharing this lovely picture!

pastoe-flatsteel-chrome-legs-desk-UMS-teak-white-drawers-minimalism-braakman-midcentury-fifties-design-dutch-5Leg detail of a writing desk designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe.
The golden brown teak veneer in combination with the white drawers, the rectangular shapes and the asymmetrical accent gives this desk all the mid-century hallmarks.
All available Pastoe furniture at www.cencity.nl

WILLEM HAGOORT MODERNIST PENDANT CA 1955

hagoort-willem-pendant-dutch-design-fifties-new-style-modernism-minimalism-hala-anvia-style-1Midcentury Hagoort pendant light in a magnificent fifties color combination red-yellow – black
The shades can be directed in a variety of directions, which not only makes this a perfect lamp for diffuse ceiling light, but also offers a direct reading or working light when desired.
Please have a look at www.cencity.nl for all current available fifties pendant lights and more mid-century items.

PASTOE CEES BRAAKMAN WRITING DESK COMBEX BB 54

pastoe-birch-berken-luspootjes-braakman-pastoe-vintage-birch-wood-cabinet-high-sliding-colored-doors-combex-series-rare-vintage-7Rare and very charming Pastoe high cabinet of the Combex / birch Series from the early fifties. The typical bended legs and the birch wood gives this small cabinet all the vintage details it needs and offers a maximum of functionality. Very distinctive original black sliding doors with fine chrome plated handles. Hard to find piece of mid-20th century designed by Dutch designer Cees Braakman. Please have a look at www.cencity.nl for the latest available Pastoe furniture. Item has been transported to UK.

PASTOE SIDEBOARD BY CEES BRAAKMAN MODEL DU-03

Highlight by Pastoe, between 1945-1978.
This is the most attractive low boards of the well-known Japanese Series, designed by Cees Braakman.

PILASTRO PLYWOOD CHAIR TJERK REIJENGA MODEL 8000

Charming Model 8000 loungechair designed by Tjerk Reijenga in 1962 for Pilastro Zwanenburg.
This Pilastro ’8000′ chair was designed using technology for molding plywood that the Eames developed during The Second World War. The dark brown steel rod frame in combination with the natural wooden parts gives this chair a warm and light appearance.  The fabulous armrests are quite comfortable as well! For all available vintage seating please have a look at www.cencity.nl

INDOOR WALL LIGHT 1955

Simple and clever minimal wall light; just a subtle metal suspension and a black wire keeps the black metal cilinder in its vertical position. The cilinder can move up or down if desired, the shade is made of thick metal. This light was designed for the Indoor company, who distributed a number of quality lighting designs during the fifties and sixties.

ETTORE SOTTSASS ERCO LIGHTING

Clearly a precursor to the 1980ies Memphis movement; this very rare 1970ies System design floor light designed by Ettore Sottsass for Erco lighting. Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass ( 1917 – 2007) began working as a consultant for Olivetti, designing equipment and furniture in the fifties and sixties and particularly known for the iconic red Valentine typewriter. Sottsass made his name as a designer who, through colour, form and styling, managed to bring office equipment into the realm of popular culture. Later he became a leading member of the Memphis movement, who’s colorful, ironic pieces were hailed as one of the most characteristic examples of Post-modernism in design.

FIFTIES JIGSAW TABLE SET

Higly decorative Mid century Danish style jigsaw tables with cut-away top.
Nice tapered legs, solid tops. Each table modest of size, but together they form a side table which is equal in height.

ANVIA COUNTER BALANCE LIGHT SMALLER VERSION

Rare, first edition counter balance light from the mid-fifties, design by Hoogervorst for Anvia. This model is only a bit smaller than the other fifties counter balance lights by Anvia, which are shown on the website as well. This light has been shipped to Switzerland.

For all available ceiling lights from the Midcentury era, have a look at section ‘lighting’ at www.cencity.nl

CLIENTS’ TOMADO FLOOR RACK IN USE!

tomado-cencity-review-rating-clients-3a ( Picture made by a Portuguese customer ) Thanks for sharing your picture here!

RAAK KUBUS LIGHTS 1974

These lighting sculptures are truely enigmatic..  Very impressive and rare objects designed by Dutch designer Paul Driessen in 1974 for Raak lighting.
The gracious mirrored perspex base holds a ‘floating’ opaline perspex cube which evokes a comforting, ‘transcendental’ ambience of light.
These lights are partly hand-crafted, and have been produced for just a few years by the progressive Raak lighting company.
Curious thing is, the design was developed during the same year the first cube-houses by Piet Blom were built, which almost have the same structure.

Herman Miller Lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames

PASTOE WRITING DESK

Attractive black / teak writing desk designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe.
This piece has all the details to give it a minimal fifties appearance. The characteristic hairpin-legs gives a floating appearance to the top and drawer box.

MIDCENTURY BRASS SUNBURST MIRROR

An elegant and decorative sunburst mirror, most likely produced somewhere between 1930-1960. Made out of folded brass and fitted with a convex mirror plate. Comparing to most other sunburst mirrors, the sunrays doesn’t form a fully circular shape, which gives a ‘pulsating’ effect.

FRANCE AND SONS CORNER TABLE 1957

Mid century true Danish corner table, produced by France and Sons in the late 1950ies. Made of solid teak. Note the fine details; the cut-away top, the tapered legs and the rounded edges, and the characteristic woven rattan tier.

Tulip dining chairs by Pastoe

Original 1960ies Pastoe dining chairs, inspired by the famous tulip chairs by Eero Saarinen. So these are not by Knoll, but made under licence by Pastoe, Netherlands. Pastoe also created and sold several designs by Arne Jacobsen, under licence.

Friso Kramer for Auping

Rare Auping side table, designed by Friso Kramer, early sixties of the 20th century..

ORIGINAL PASTOE DRAWER BOXES JAPANESE SERIES CEES BRAAKMAN

Rare and original Japanese series drawer boxes. Documented in ‘goed wonen’ catalogue 1959. Sold and shipped to Japan.

SPECTRUM SIDEBOARD DESIGN MARTIN VISSER KW 85

Being influenced by ( pre war ) functionalism, Visser had clear ideas about the principles of good furniture design; the carefully balanced proportion and absence of decoration clearly comes together in this hard to find KW 85 sideboard. True timeless furniture design. Black wenge wood and white formica sliding doors.Please check www.cencity.nl for all available sideboards.

Wall system by Cadovius for Royal System

PASTOE EXTENSIBEL DINING TABLE

Large dining table designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe.
Attractive minimal appearance and beautiful combination of soft chrome and warm teak.

OLD EDITION REVOLT CHAIRS DESIGNED BY FRISO KRAMER

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This charming and genuin 1st edition Revolt chairs made by Ahrend de Cirkel, Netherlands, are really legendary nowadays. Pioneering early fifties design; the frames are not made of metal tube, as in most similar designs of this period, but folded sheet metal, ending in push-fit rubber feet. Though produced in a large number of pieces from the fifties until the early seventies, these chairs now are hard to find. For most schools and companies it was prohibited to sell or keep furniture which was written off after several years of intensive use, which means most of these chairs have been destroyed already at the time. Revolt chairs were produced in a number of different color combinations which could be choose from at the time.

Sis deks light 1930ies

Sturdy desk light, dates to about 1935, origin most probably Germany. Nice pre-war details, adjustable shade up / down.

TEAK 1950IES WRITING DESK

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Sold and shipped succesfuly to Belgium. More desks available at www.cencity.nl

 

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 “For my study room, I purchased this attractive Danish desk at cencity.nl, (…) proper handling concerning the delivery, and affordable shipping costs “ ( Amsterdam customer )

RAAK FUGA WALL LIGHTS

Dutch lighting company Raak ( Amsterdam ) has manufactured a great number of lighting sources for mainly public and government buildings, as well as for home use. These wall lights called ‘Fugue’ ( Fuga ) and were designed by Maija Liisa Komulainen, manufactured in the early seventies. Although these lamps are made of aluminium and rigid of shape, they evoke a warm atmosphere of light.
Sold and shipped succesfuly to Los Angeles, United States.

RAAK PENDANT MID-CENTURY

SMALL CABINET BY PASTOE ( JAPANESE SERIES ) 1958

DETAIL OF A MARTINELLI SERPENTE FLOOR LIGHT 1965

The Serpente lamp was designed by Elio Martinelli for his own lighting label Martinelli Luce and produced since 1965.
This piece of design displays the exemplary design talent of the Italian lighting procucts of the mid sixties of the 20th century; its sleek fluid lines and gracious rounded curved opal shade evokes a comforting, minimal atmosphere.
Very funcional as well; the white metal structures’ heavy base allows the swiveling upper arm for 360 degree rotation ( without the lamp getting unstable ).
The Serpente lamp can be found in museum collections worldwide, including the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York.

PASTOE SIDEBOARD 1960IES DESIGN BY CEES BRAAKMAN

Pastoe sideboard which has been shipped to Japan.

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PASTOE CABINET CEES BRAAKMAN

PIERRE PAULIN LOUNGE CHAIRS FROM THE SIXTIES

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Before the second worldwar, when Artifort already had become quite a large and well-known furniture company in the Netherlands, the name of the company still wasn’t sounding very catchy: H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen. During the economic crisis of the late 1920ies – 1930ies, the name ‘Artifort’ was introduced, and from the fifties and sixties Artifort got more appreciation by the international market, thanks to designer Kho Liang Ie who recruited the French designer Pierre Paulin ( 1927-2009 ).

Sensuous curves and simplicity..Paulin developed this remarkable organic looking lounge chairs and they have been in production since the 1960ies. For all Pierre Paulin designs, please have a look at cencity.nl

TOUCAN TABLE LIGHTS ITALY 1960IES

Very charmfull small (children’s ) table lights in the shape of a Toucan ( or Parrot ), made by ‘old-timer Ferrari / Verona, Italy’, late 1960ies. Made out of abstract shapes of colored ( partly diffused ) plastic, joined together to form a Toucan. The both colorful and figurative design predicts the late seventies and eighties Italian ‘Memphis’ movement. Check the availability and make a request at www.cencity.nl

 

VINTAGE NESTING TABLES 1950IES

Nice Italian inspired set of three nesting tables from the fifties. Attractive finishing details like the organic leg detail and visible multiplex layers of the top.
Each nested table fits perfectly under the other, and offers quite a large surface when used individually. More wood related vintage furniture at www.cencity.nl

HANS WEGNER SAW BUCK CHAIRS

A very set of six Hans J. Wegner Sawbuck dining chairs. Together with designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner created worldwide respect for Danish furniture design. As all Wegner designs the CH 29 is expertly constructed, and has the very characteristic, appealing Danish looks.
This set is constructed entirely in a subtle combination of light wood and teak plywood.

GIJS VAN DER SLUIS SOFA BED 1961

Copied in many sizes and editions, but together with Martin Visser’s sofa bed of the same design period, this ‘ Vandersluis’ / Gispen 540 is the only main quality sofa of this famous 1950-1960ies Dutch sofa bed concepts. Dutch company ‘Vandersluis’ ( Culemborg ) has been a household name in project furniture design for over 60 years. Since it was founded in 1946, they created various furniture classics, such as this practical and clever ‘ 540 sofa ‘ ( designed by Gijs van der Sluis ), which is in production for over 50 years, since it was designed in 1961.

Ingenious clever design. In one single movement of a few seconds this comfortable sofa can be transformed into a ( day ) bed, which is quite comfortable to sleep on as well.

ANVIA ELBOW or PAPERCLIP LIGHT 1955

Only a simple metal shade and black metal swinging arm. These lamps have a very subtle minimal appearance, but also typical industrial accents. This vulnarable model of ANVIA has become quite rare during the last years. Very practical design for many purposes. For all available wall lights from the 1950ies, please have a look at: www.cencity.nl

LARGE ANVIA CHANDELIER 1950IES

Very large and rare Anvia chandelier with brass fixture and metal perforated shades.
This item has succesfuly transported to Israel.

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Auping was founded by Johannes Auping, who started designing and producing ‘hygienic’ beds on a small scale in Deventer, Netherlands, for more than a century ago now. During the early fifties, this industrial beauty, the Auping “Arielle” was developed by famous Dutch industrial designer Wim Rietveld. Very attractive and rare first edition with black metal ‘Eiffel’ wiring frame and legs.

Shipped to Italy.

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ANVIA ‘COUNTER BALANCE’ LIGHT, 195OIES

Nice metal wall lamp by Dutch modernist lighting company Anvia ( Almelo ). Black aluminium shade and nice matted chrome plated swinging arm with black metal counter balance. The hood as well as the swinging arm can easily be adjusted, and all parts of the lamp are complete as well as in perfect working order. This is the first edition of this model, with the chrome-plated metal coupling part ( later editions had been applied with a less attractive plastic part ).

PIERRE PAULIN ‘BUTTERFLY’ FOR ARTIFORT NETHERLANDS

Ofcourse these chairs only become better during age…! I think this sixties “Butterfly” is one the best designs Pierre Paulin created for Artifort. The raffined metal frame makes it look like the leather ‘wings’ are floating. These chair creates a frivolous though very subtle element in your home. And it’s a true classic as well; the design has is origin for almost half a century ago, and still looking great!

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artifort lounge chair F series

This item was sold at www.cencity.nl

gispen 1950 table light design

Very rigid, typical Dutch designed lighting design by Gispen. The Dutch Gispen furniture company was founded in 1916 by industrial designer Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890-1981) and mainly produced steel ( tubular ) furniture for home and office. Until the 1960ies of the 20th century the company worked with several famous Dutch designers such as Gerrit Rietveld, Wim Rietveld, Andre Cordemeyer and Christoffel Hoffmann.
This industrial table light dates from 1950 and was designed by Founder Willem Gispen. I have it documented in the catalogue of the Goed Wonen ( “Good Living” ) Foundation.
Gispen used a sophisticated typical industrial range of coloring for their products; this light has a beautiful marine shade and off-white base. Heavy light!

PK 31 sofa by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen

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friso kramer, drafting chair design

 

Genuin ” Ahrend de Cirkel” adjustable chair designed by Friso Kramer, Netherlands.
Though produced in a large number of pieces from the fifties until the seventies, these chairs now are getting harder to find each day. For most schools and companies it was prohibited to sell or keep furniture which was written off after several years of intensive use, which means most of these chairs have been destroyed already at the time.
This chair can be adjust in many ways; foot ring, seating hight and back angle.  The grey metal in combination with the birch wood captured the spirit of the industrial fifties very well.

Look for many European industrial designs at : www.cencity.nl

fifties desk

A nice fifties teak wood writing desk, Italian inspired. The teak veneer, the organic shapes in the top and the legs makes it really lovely to look at. Though quite slender of shape, the top offers a nice large working space and the three drawers makes it very practical as well. ‘ Vulnerable’ shaped desk, but very solid-made piece of furniture.

Amazing brutalist sculpture from the sixties, located in my home town!

JORGE FERRARI HARDOY ‘BUTTERFLY’ CHAIR

The Butterfly originally was an unlicenced design, but was produced by manufacturer ‘Knoll International’, who acquired US production rights of the Hardoy chair in 1947, and produced the Butterfly till the 1970ies. There were produced a lot of unlicenced copies of it, but this set stands out in real quality; the design is well-proportioned for use as well to look at, the suede is very thick, and the metal frame feels very solid as well. The frames can be taken apart very easily, and reassambling the parts also takes a few seconds, so also perfect for a ‘vintage’ beach-sitting or picknick ! For this and other vintage classics check the online gallery www.cencity.nl

SPANISH HIGH STOOLS 1960ies

“LES ARC CHAIRS” CHARLOTTE PERRIAND

A set of four charming leather and chromium-plated lightweight chairs from the early seventies, with beautiful patina. The design is by Charlotte Perriand, who designed these chairs ( and stools in the same manner ) for the “Les Arcs” ski resort in France.

These set of chairs have been shipped succesfuly to Japan.

 

Large floor lights by harvey guzzini ( iguzzini ) italy 1970

 

In the early fifties, the sons of Mariano Guzzini founded a small Italian company, ‘Harvey Creazioni’. The name is a reference to Harvey, the invisible imaginary friend of James Stewart in the film ‘Harvey’ ( 1950 ). After first producing artistic brass objects, the production later was supplemented by the manufacture of lighting equipment in plastic. This big pole light with huge globe on top has become a well-known design icon of the 20th century. It is made of a Chrome-plated metal base and pole, the sphere is made of perspex. These lamps evoke a warm atmosphere of light thanks to the diffused material of the spheres.

ARTIFORT MODEL “CONGO” EARLY 1950IES

Before the second worldwar, when Artifort already had become quite a large and well-known furniture company in the Netherlands, the name of the company still wasn’t sounding very catchy: H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen. During the economic crisis of the late 1920ies – 1930ies, the name ‘Artifort’ was introduced, and from the fifties and sixties Artifort got more appreciation by the international market, thanks to designers Kho Liang Ie and Pierre Paulin. Theo Ruth was one of the first main designers Artifort worked with, and one of his most characteristic designs is this curious fifties easy chair ‘The Congo’, named after the African principle of building chairs; the seat and back are two separate pieces that fit together and form in a split second a comfortable easy chair.

Sold and shipped to UK.

GLASS AND BRASS FLOOR LIGHT

Beautiful large and glamorous vintage floor light from Italy, attributed to Stilnovo. This lamp has an attractive soft and flower-like appearance. Out from the heavy marble base 6 brass stems are coming up, each holding a glass globe. The combination of the brass parts and the fine hand-moulded glass is coming perfectly together; the 6 globes have an opaque appearance, and diffuses the light scource a bit, to provide a warm light reflecting on the brass and the surroundings. The light can lit in 3 different ways; just 2 globes, 4 globes or all together. The light is also dimmable.

Sold and shipped to Switzerland.

 

Anvia ‘Elbow’ 748-08 adjustable wall lamp ca 1955

Another anvia elbow light, first edition! Only a simple metal shade and a white metal swinging arm. Subtle minimal appearance, but also typical industrial accents, especially in this colour combination off-white blue-grey. This vulnarable model of ANVIA has become quite rare during the last years. This first edition originally comes without wall suspension cap.

Metal sculpture attached to the wall of an old schoolbuilding. Quite corroded condition, but still very powerful, I love the silhouette of it! Made by Jerre Hakse, during the early seventies.

poul kjaerholm and rare paolo tilche floor light

Poul Kjaerholm together with a rare Paolo Tilche floor light. Both sold at www.cencity.nl