In the past, Cencity.nl has sold a large number of mid-century design worldwide. This archive shows some highlights, reviews, customer testimonials and interior pictures, background information about producers and designers etc. For Cencity’s current offers please have a look at www.cencity.nl

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ARTIFORTE MAGNETO FLOOR LIGHT

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.

PASTOE DU-01 BY CEES BRAAKMAN

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.

CUSTOMERS’ INTERIOR WITH A LARGE MURANO GLASS FLOOR LIGHT

“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

“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

In 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. Sold and shipped to France.

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! )

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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. Sold to a London customer.

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

Established 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. Shipped to Belgium.

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PACKING AND SHIPPING SERVICE CENCITY

Cencity offers an ongoing assortment of quality design and have sold hundreds of furniture and lighting pieces worldwide. All items purchased at Cencity will be packed and wrapped professionaly, based on many years of experience shipping bigger and smaller items to all countries within the EU as well as to other continents.

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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!

HANS WEGNER SAW BUCK 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.

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

 

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.

GOUDA DEN BOER / LUTJENS PLYWOOD BOOKCASE 1953

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. Especially this very one; where most of this bookcases have 5 shelves, this one has 6! Sold and shipped to Paris.

CENCITY AT ROOMED

“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

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. Shipped to Belgium.

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ORGANIC LOOKING NESTING TABLES 1950IES

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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DUTCH SIDEBOARD IN A PARIS RESIDENCE

“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!

POUL KJAERHOLM PK 61 TABLE

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.
Please have a look at www.cencity.nl for all available design furniture.

HALA BUSQUET MODERNIST PENDANT CA 1955

Very attractive Hala pendant light in a magnificent optimistic fifties color combination red- yellow- black-grey. At the time, many European companies produced lighting designs in the new Italian style of Arteluce and Stilnovo. Hala Zeist was a Dutch company.

The three smaller shades can be directed in a variety of directions, which not only makes this a perfect lamp for diffused ceiling light, but it also offers a direct reading or working light if desired. Sold and shipped to a Belgium decorator.

PASTOE CEES BRAAKMAN COMBEX SERIES

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.

PASTOE SIDEBOARD BY CEES BRAAKMAN MODEL DU-04

Highlight by Pastoe, between 1945-1978.
The Rietveld-like wooden base of this model DU04 is original.
Well balanced proportions thanks to the 2 doors instead of the 4 smaller doors of the bigger version of this series, the DU-03. Sold to a Dutch collector.

PILASTRO PLYWOOD CHAIR TJERK REIJENGA MODEL 8000

 

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 ARTICULATED WALL LIGHTS BY ANVIA

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.

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. Sold to a Dutch collector of Sottsass items.

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!

This item was sold and shipped to a regular customer from Portugal. Thanks for sharing your picture here!

RAAK KUBUS LIGHTS 1974

 

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.

Herman Miller Lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames

PLYWOOD WALL CONSOLES BY FRISO KRAMER FOR AUPING 1963

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.

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.

PANAMA FLOOR LIGHT BY WIM RIETVELD FOR THE GISPEN COMPANY

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.

DUTCH DESIGN IN NEW YORK !

” 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 ).

ARTIFORT CHAIR DESIGN BY PIERRE PAULIN

 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.

OLD EDITION REVOLT CHAIRS DESIGNED BY FRISO KRAMER

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 )

MIDCENTURY WALL LIGHTS

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.

PIERRE PAULIN LOUNGE CHAIRS FROM THE SIXTIES

 

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

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

 

VINTAGE NESTING TABLES 1950IES

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

HANS WEGNER SAW BUCK CHAIRS

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.

GEOFFREY HARCOURT LEATHER LOUNGE CHAIR

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.

STRIKING FLOOR LIGHT, FRANCE 1955

 

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.

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DUTCH DESIGN LIGHTING 1950IES

  Dutch design lighting by Artimeta and Hala. Sold and shipped to Germany.

WIM RIETVELD DAYBED 1950IES

 


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.

PASTOE COMBEX SERIES SIDEBOARD

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.

RUPERT NIKOLL BELEUCHTUNGSKORPERFABRIK

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.

COAT RACK DESIGN ‘DH-05 NIEUW DEURNE’

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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ARTIFORT LOUNGE CHAIR

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

“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 succesfully 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.

Anvia ‘Elbow’ adjustable wall lamps ca 1955

Only a simple metal shade and a metal swinging arm. Subtle minimal appearance. This vulnarable model of ANVIA has become quite rare during the last years. This first edition originally comes without wall suspension cap.

ROSEWOOD NESTING TABLES BRABANTIA

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 crated, shipped to US.

REVOLT CHAIRS BY FRISO KRAMER

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.

BRUTALIST SCULPTURE

 

Detail of an impressive brutalist wall sculpture made out of deeply textured rough parts of iron and brass. This wonderful wall sculpture evokes the pure, ‘naive’ and unsophisticated stylings and patterns of Dutch 1950ies art movements such as ‘Cobra’. By methods of torch cut-and-welding steel the artist has composed an abstract construction from various geometric shapes and small parts. Sold and shipped to a Paris’ decorator.

RAAK GLOBE FRANK LIGTELIJN 1960