Dom Hans van der Laan bench for the Monastery of Vaals 1960






Dom Hans van der Laan

Leiden 1904 – 1991
Dutch Benedictine monk, architect

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Here for an extremely rare and magnificent industrial bench, designed by Dutch architect Dom Hans van der Laan and produced for the Pauluskerk in Dongen 1967. Dom van der Laan was one of the leading figures of the School of Bossche, and architectural movement based on numerical relationships. Dom Hans van der Laan designed the monastery in 1960 together with these benches and some other small monastery pieces. Besides the monastery he designed some other pieces but only on request and in very low production. His pieces are extremely hard to find and similar to designs / ideas from Gerrit Thomas Rietveld and Le Corbusier. This bench was made of a solid galvanized steel frame and pine wooden shelves, assembled in a well thought construction connected with invisible connections and finished with very nice visible copper nails. The shelves have a grey stained color and it has a very nice used patina from usage over the years. Doesn’t matter wherever you put it, it gets better every time you look at it. This bench, he designed for the monastery, reveals van der Laan’s subtle, minimalistic aesthetic.

Provenance; Pauluskerk Dongen, 1967

Height: 74 cm
Width: 228 cm
Depth: 45 cm

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