Highly rare lounge chairs model 416 designed by Dutch designer (With Chinese/Indonesian background) Kho Liang Ie and manufactured by Artifort, Holland 1959. This pair of chairs was one of the nicest designs by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort, and very progressive for the time because of the mix of materials. The frame was made has brushed tubular steel legs and black supporting bars, plywood slats finished with rosewood veneer and original de Ploeg upholstered cushions which are still in very nice original condition. Could be reupholstered in another fabric or leather upon request. These chairs are museum pieces in this condition, rarely offered like this. Marked with the metal Artifort tag underneath the seat.
Kho Liang Ie was appointed aesthetic consultant and designer at Artifort in 1958. His contribution shifted Artifort’s focus to the top of the international market. Kho Liang Ie attracted foreign designers such as Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt, which has made his influence noticeable right up to the present day. As an interior designer, Kho Liang Ie made his name with his design for Schiphol Airport in the nineteen-sixties. His work reflects purity, warmth and freedom.
Important literature: Kho Liang Ie Interieurarchitect/industrieel ontwerper, Ineke van Ginneke, Uitgeverij 010 Rotterdan, 1986 (page 65).
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