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“Harry, Thanks for the delivery of the sconces, they are beautiful!” ( By a Paris customer ) These lights give a powerful solar eclipse lighting effect. Great Italian 1980ies sconces, design by Cesaro and Amico.
Atelier Artiforte was a small company based in Rotterdam, specialized in hand-crafted lighting fixtures and nowadays well-known by their very progressive lighting designs, created by Kho Liang Ie, Johan Niegeman and H. Fillekes. Comparing to many other fifties design, Artiforte was able to create products which evoke a remarkable timeless appearance, and used quite delicate materials for many of their designs such as the thin, reinforced fiber tube for the ST-46 by Kho Liang Ie, or the nickel-like ‘satin’ chromed metal for many of the designs by H. Fillekes.
Great major detail is the most efficient magnetic ball-and-socket joint, to which the design is named after. Sold and shipped to the US.
During the 1950ies, Cees Braakman and his design team developed the nowadays sought-after ‘Japanse Serie’; All outside lines are clean and angular; there are no decorative elements and the wooden storage space has a floating appearance.
This DU-01 is the original ( documented ) smaller version of the famous DU-03 and one of the most attractive modest sized low board of that series. The one showed here was shipped to Japan.
“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!
“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 )
birch wood night stands from the early fifties designed by Cees Braakman for UMS Pastoe. The typical bended legs and the light birch wood give these iconic pieces all the right vintage hallmarks and offers a maximum of functionality.
“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! )
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The rattan furniture industry of Noordwolde, Netherlands, started with selling home crafted braided baskets. During the rebuilding years, the industry focused on producing furniture, and the companies Rohe and the Gebroeders Jonkers became very succesful. “Dear Harry, What a perfect timing!! Today the two stools arrived, 2 hours later the chair. Great packing and all three items are in great condition and very beautiful! “ ( Sold to a Swiss customer ).
“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!
Highly decorative Maison Jansen palm tree lamps. Torch cut patinated brass trunk and leafs coming out of a square laminated heavy base. Shipped to Belgium.
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Cencity offers an ongoing assortment of quality design and have sold hundreds of furniture and lighting pieces worldwide. All items purchased at Cencity come with an excellent packing job, based on many years experience.
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“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!
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.
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.
Very attractive freestanding bookcase designed by Willem Lutjens in 1953. During the fifties a large number of similar bookcases were produced, using this modular sticks and shelves sytem, but only the Lutjens has the typical curved edges. Sold and shipped to Paris.
“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 )
Fantastic balance floor light produced by Dutch modernist lighting company Anvia, design by Hoogervorst. Great black metal and matted chrome plated combination, great subtle minimal appearance, and that’s why it will adapt to almost every type of interior. Sold to a customer in Amsterdam.
Very attractive organic shaped nesting tables from the fifties. Produced by a small furniture factory in the Netherlands, ‘Meubelfabriek fa. J.A. Hogenelst Waddinxveen’. Clearly influenced by Danish furniture designs of the same era. Each table fits perfectly under the other, and offers quite a large space when used individually. Very well made out of teak timber. Shipped to Ireland.
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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!
The combination of high-end quality material and sophisticated design makes a Kjaerholm probably one of the most sustainable pieces of furniture in every sense of the word.
Very powerful square and aesthetic table design, this PK61, produced by E. Kold Christensen.
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Glamorous vintage floor light from Stilnovo, model ‘Alberello’ ( small tree ). This lamp has an attractive soft and flower-like appearance. Together with Arteluce and Arredoluce, Stilnovo was a significant part of the first innovating Italian lighting companies of the 20th century. Sold and shipped to a London decorator.
Rare Pastoe furniture 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 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. Items has been transported to London.
Fantastic fifties floor light, this large version of the iconic ‘Pinocchio’ light, designed by T. Busquet. It was produced for just a short time by Hala Zeist, a Dutch lighting company who became succesful by producing indoor lighting designs in a new, innovative way, reflecting the new era of consumer prosperity and progress during the fifties. “Great match with the Egg chair, thanks for sharing this picture here!”( Sold to a German customer )
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
Pair of articulating wall lights, designed by Hoogervorst for Anvia during the sixties. Thanks to the clever metal swinging arm suspension the lights can be directed in almost all positions, so perfect for your workshop or studio. The black color adapts easily in any space. Sold to a German customer.
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. Sold to a Dutch collector of Sottsass items.
Very powerful aesthetic table design, this PK61 by Poul Kjaerholm. Designed in 1956 and still a very desireable piece. Here accompanying a matching PK22 chair in an architects office in Rotterdam. “The table already attracts admiring glances Harry!”
This item was sold and shipped to a regular customer from Portugal. Thanks for sharing your picture here!
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. Sold to a vintage dealer.
Today, his work is probably one of the most appreciated of its kind, and particulary the pieces developed during the fifties have become true collector items which are wanted all over the world. Friso Kramer can be referred to in the same sentence as designers like Wim Rietveld, W.A. Gispen and Cees Braakman. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held in the ‘Boymans van Beuningen Museum’ Rotterdam and in the ‘Stedelijk Museum’ in Amsterdam.
Rare and original Japanese series drawer boxes. Documented in ‘goed wonen’ catalogue 1959. Sold and shipped to Japan.
Great Dutch lighting design from the fifties, this quite rare adjustable floor light edition of the Panama series.
It was designed by Wim Rietveld for the Dutch Gispen company in 1954, and together with the wall light of the same series it became an instant commercial succes.
The optimistic color scheme and the Panama-hat shade are typical hallmarks of modern fifties design. Mark the nice finishing details; the construction of the mechanism of the adjustable light weight arm and aluminium shade, the wiring that has been decently covered and the solid metal heavy base.
” Thank you for packing and sending the chairs all the way to New York! They both got to here safe and sound and are even more beautiful in real life!” ( reply from a US customer ).
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. This item was part of a project of a Belgium decorator.
These genuin 1st edition Revolt chairs made by Ahrend de Cirkel 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. Sold and shipped to Madrid.
“For my study room, I purchased this attractive Danish desk at cencity.nl, (…) proper handling concerning the delivery, and affordable shipping costs “ ( Amsterdam customer )
Adjustable wall light, produced by Artimeta ( Soest, Netherlands ). Typical fifties hallmarks are the bright yellow color and the asymmetrical shape of the shade.
Very practical thanks to the many technical details; the matted chrome plated arm is able to swival and the shade can be turned in all directions thanks to the ball-socket joint. Sold to a Dutch vintage design lover.
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
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. Sold to a collector of vintage lighting. Check the availability and make a request at www.cencity.nl
Nice 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
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.
In 1962 Britisch designer Geoffrey Harcourt ( 1935 ) joined the Artifort team, and developed the luxury ‘F-series’ lounge chairs in the late sixties. There are two sizes of this model; This is the biggest model of the two, with the high back. Sold to a Belgium collector.
Fantastic fifties dated floor light, highly possible French origin, looking at all the brass details, the typical ‘diabolo’ shade together with the optimistic color scheme black / yellow. Details such as the ball-socket joint and the striking V shaped metal base strongly reminds at designs of Robert Mathieu and Rene Jean Caillette. Shipped to a Japanese collector.
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Dutch design lighting by Artimeta and Hala. Pinocchio lights shipped to a German customer: “Dear Harry, The lamps did arrive safely yesterday. They really fit well in the room and make it more cosy. Many thanks for the good cooperation”.
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.
Great looking Pastoe ‘DB51′ buffet of the Combex Series from the early fifties, design Cees Braakman. Only produced for a short time, and most of them are in private collections now. The typical bended legs and the birch wood gives this small cabinet all the vintage details it needs. Very distinctive original colored sliding doors with fine chrome plated handles. This piece also offers a maximum of functionality; behind the doors are compartments with shelves and drawers.
Sold and shipped to London.
Very desirable and exceptional large cylinder shaped chandelier designed by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll. This impressive piece of lighting displays the exemplary talent of the mid-century Austrian brass procuct- and lighting design; around a brass stem 48 arms are arranged which ends in a bulbholder or a press-glass floral ornament. Each arm holds metal pins with glass facet details, which complete the glamorous atmosphere of this magnificent piece. Packed safely for transport to Austria.
Dutch designer Friso Kramer ( 1922 ) mainly has became popular for his work at Ahrend de Cirkel, but during the period between 1950 – 1970 he also created some designs for other furniture companies, including ’t Spectrum.
A retrospective exhibition of the work of Kramer was held in the ‘Boymans van Beuningen Museum’ Rotterdam and in the ‘Stedelijk Museum’ in Amsterdam.
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Amazing brutalist sculpture from the sixties, located in my home town!
Iconic original sixties Symfoni pendant by Preben Dahl for H. Følsgaard Elektro, Copenhagen. ” Hi Harry, I have received the lamp today and I have to say is marvelous! Concerning the packing, You are a wizard ! Thank you again for helping us have another beautiful lamp in our house!” ( Sold to an Amsterdam customer )
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.
Exemplary for European midcentury lighting design is this very elegant wall light by Cosack, Germany. Typical 1950ies hallmarks are the thin brass paperclip swinging arm and the organic diabolo shade with the ‘lizzard skin’ paint. Sold and shipped to Australia.
Nice set of three nesting tables from the sixties. Each table exist of a chrome plated wire frame structure with a rosewood top. Attractive detail; the leather magazine holder attached to the biggest table!
Sold and shipped to the US.
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.
Back in the late 1940ies, Poul Cadovius created one of the first modern style shelving units, and the Royal System became an instant succes up until this day! During the fifties many European furniture companies followed this success and started producing a wide range of comparable wall mounted systems, but only the Cado system offered a large number additional parts that could be choose from at the time. Poul Cadovius worked with a number of famous designers such as Arne Vodder, Grete Jalk and Finn Juhl.
During the 1950ies, Borsani created this instant classic, the ‘P40’ lounge chair. After 60 years, it still is the most recognisable and appreciated chair that was created by the Tecno company. Sold and shipped to Japan.