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$ 10,925

Chair by Dom Hans van der Laan, Netherlands, 1960s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Netherlands
Period 1950-1979
Materials Pine
W. 21.26 in; H. 37.4 in; D. 20.87 in;
W. 54 cm; H. 95 cm; D. 53 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Item has some small marks and scratches.
Description This chair was originally designed by the Dutch Benedictine monk and architect, Dom Hans van der Laan for the Abbey Church of St. Benedictusberg located near the Dutch town of Vaals. This easy chair is in untouched condition. It was made of pinewood and feature copper nails, giving this piece an understated, rustic look. The chair was entirely painted grey, including the nails. The main focus of van der Laan’s design was functionality and rationality, which is reflected in the openings on the sides and on the back that serves the purpose of joining multiple pieces together.

This chair is a beautiful piece of Dutch design history. Although Dom van der Laan left a small body of work behind, his legacy is highly regarded in the world of architecture. The St. Benedictusberg Abbey in Vaals and its interior quickly became his masterpiece at the age of 53.

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Item has some small marks and scratches.

21.2 in W x 20.8 in D x 37.4 in H
54 cm W x 53 cm D x 95 cm H

About the designer:
Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) was the ninth of the eleven recorded children of Leiden architect Leo van der Laan (1864-1942). Thanks to Brother Lambertus Moonen and Hans van der Laan jr. the full biography is now known.

Dom van der Laan began his studies in architecture at the ‘Technische Hogeschool’ of delft in 1923, two years after he finished his secondary school. Architectural education in those days was generally confined to 19th century Neoclassicism and all teachers originated from before the First World War. Students in their third year of study had to make their own designs, but those of Hans van der Laan were all rejected. In the same autumn, he founded, together with some fellow-students, a study-group, the ‘Bouwkundige Studiekring’ BSK (‘Architectural Study Circle’), aiming to discover themselves the very basics of architecture, which they missed in regular teaching.

On 26 May 1929 Hans van der Laan and his fellow-novice Herman Diepen made their profession in the abbey. In 1936 father Hans was charged with the guidance in the sacristy, which he would retain till his departure to Vaals in 1968. After the war, father van der Laan was invited by the bishop of Breda to take the guidance of a working party, charged with the rebuilding of the destroyed churches in the diocese.

In 1951 the abbey of Sint-Benedictusberg in Vaals had been founded a second time by a group of monks of the Saint-Pauls abbey of Oosterhout and father Van der Laan was asked by them to design the still missing crypt and church. On 18 October 1968 father Van der Laan changed his domicile from Oosterhout to Vaals, where in1970 he became an official member of the Community of Sint-Benedictusberg. In his new home, he also was appointed as sacristan, so that he could continue his familiar daily work and in 1973 he was elected as a member of the Council, the board under the guidance of the abbot.

Prior to his death, Van der Laan garnered worldwide acclaim for his comprehensive architectural theory, which has been translated into several languages and presents a doctrine of connections in the design of architectonic space, notably the “plastic number”.

This chair will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition.
Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20200366
Incollect Reference Number 433375
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