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Pair Of Jind?ich Halabala Lounge Chairs, Czech-Republic ca 1930s

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Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Czech Republic
Period 1920-1949
Materials mohair,
Dimensions
W. 28.35 in; H. 30.31 in; D. 34.84 in;
W. 72 cm; H. 77 cm; D. 88.5 cm;
Seat H. 16.14 in;
Seat H. 41 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Recently reupholstered with Petrol Mohair fabric.
Creation Date 1930s
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description This pair of Jind?ich Halabala model “H-269” lounge chairs are the Czech designer’s most well-known design. This model exemplifies why Halabala's work is considered to be a connection between innovative Czech cubism from 1910, art deco from the early 1920s and European modern art after the Second World War.

Jind?ich Halabala’s masterpiece carries design elements from art deco as well as early mid-century design elements, resulting in a unique and immediately recognisable shape. The design features a sensual curved wooden frame that contrasts beautifully with the angular tilted seat and back. Further strengthening the transition into a more minimalistic modern aesthetic, these chairs don’t have any embellishment.

This pair has been reupholstered in a high-quality petrol coloured, short mohair fabric. The colour compliments the dark wood greatly.

Condition:
In very good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Recently reupholstered in a short Petrol Mohair fabric.

Dimensions:
28.3 in W x 34.8 in D x 30.3 in H ; Seat height 16.1 in
72 cm W x 88.5 cm D x 77 cm H ; Seat height: 41 cm

Literature:

Jind?ich Halabala a Spojené um?leckopr?myslové závody v Brn? (2018), Dagmar Koudelková

Výroba nábytku, tvorba a konstrukce, Jind?ich Halabala, Prague 1975

About the designer:
Jind?ich Halabala (May 24, 1903 Kory?any - November 18, 1978 Brno) was a Czech furniture designer, theorist, publicist and pedagogue. He was especially famous for his designs of stylish furniture for the Brno UP plants from 1925 to 1955, where he worked as a chief designer. Thanks to this position, he fundamentally influenced the appearance of interwar and post-war Czech households.

Jind?ich Halabala was born on May 24, 1903 in Kory?any to the family of carpenter Št?pán Halabala, whose craft he learned in a family business between 1918 and 1920. He then joined the State Czechoslovak Vocational School for Wood Processing in Valašské Mezi?í?í, which he graduated from two years later. After school, he started practicing at the United UP races, where he met their founder Jan Va?ek. In 1922 he also began to study architecture at the School of Applied Arts in Prague, specializing in furniture and interiors with prof. Pavel Janák. He completed his studies in 1926. In the same year, he created the first designs for furniture and carpets. In 1927, he was briefly employed in Bohumil Hübschmann's studio in Prague, and in 1928 he finally joined the United UP plant as the head of the Prague store in the Lucerna Palace. In 1927, Jind?ich Halabala married Pavla Sekerková, with whom he had two sons; in 1929 son Jindra and in 1935 son Ivan. In 1930, he was transferred to the Brno headquarters of the United UP plant as head of the studio, where he worked in various positions (procurator, director) until 1946, and thus fundamentally contributed to a comprehensive concept of production, promotion and sales. Later, he became interested in passing on his knowledge to future generations and between 1951 and 1954 he lectured externally at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Engineering at the VŠPDI in Košice. In 1954 he was appointed an extraordinary (and a year later also a full) professor and began his long-term work at the Faculty of Wood Science of the University of Forestry and Wood Technology in Zvolen, where he founded and headed the Research Institute. He worked here until 1970, when he retired.

Halabala's work is considered to be a connection between innovative Czech cubism from 1910, art deco from the early 1920s and European modern art after the Second World War. His commercially successful designs were strongly based on the design of the Bauhaus. Halabala designed a variety of furniture, including chairs, tables, sideboards, chests of drawers, flower stands, coffee tables and lamps. Especially his legendary chair H-79 with frames made of bent steel tubes and his armchair type H-269 enjoyed great popularity. ~H.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 338011
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