50s Theo Ruth ‘congo’ fauteuil for Artifort set/2

1,800.00

50s Theo Ruth ‘congo’ fauteuil for Artifort set/2

1,800.00

Designer
Theo Ruth
Manufacturer
Artifort
Period
1950s
Origin
Netherlands
Material
Fabric, teak
Color
black, Purple
Code
07141020ZF
Condition
Good condition consistent with age and use.
Dimensions
55cm (w) x 86cm (d) x 80cm (h), seath 34cm
WS
A - B
Price
€ 1.800,- | $ 2.132,- setprice
Comment
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Dutch designer Theo Ruth was born in 1915 in Maastricht. He trained as a furniture designer and interior designer at the Middelbare Kunstnijverheidsschool in Maastricht (which later became the Maastricht Academy of Arts). In 1936, he joined Artifort in Maastricht, where he specialized in designing living room furniture. Just three years later, in 1939, he became head of design and development, a position he maintained until his death in 1971.

Ruth was Artifort’s first permanent designer, and he had a major impact on its design legacy. His most famous pieces include the 1952 Congo Chair and the 1953 Penguin Chair, both of which were constructed from two interlocking pieces that fit together without locks or screws (the latter’s original version featured a black back and a white cushion to mimic its namesake). Notably, designers Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt also collaborated with Artifort’s design department during Ruth’s tenure.

This set of two matching Congos are in good condition consistent with age and use. Upholstery has been renewed years ago.

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