60 Rudolf Bernd Glatzel cabinet for Fristho

2,450.00

60 Rudolf Bernd Glatzel cabinet for Fristho

2,450.00

Designer
Rudolf Bernd Glatzel
Manufacturer
Fristho
Period
1960s
Origin
Netherlands
Material
Rosewood veneer
Color
Rosewood
Code
13100620KD
Condition
Good condition consistent with age and use
Dimensions
125cm (w) 52cm (d) x 126cm (h)
WS
A - B
Price
€ 2.450,- | $ 2.794,-
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In the early 1950s, Fristho sought out young designers eager to embrace new styles, including the American designer William Watting, German designer Rudolf Glatzel, and Danish designer Inger Klingenberg. Watting’s ‘Modern Art’ collection, in particular, sparked Frishto’s new direction in furniture with Scandinavian influences. In 1956, Fristho appointed Chinese-Dutch designer Kho Liang Ie and graphic designer Wim Crouwel to lead the company in a new direction characterized by innovation and modernist values.

Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Fristho became very successful producing a wide range of modernist furniture – spanning sideboards, wall units, coffee tables, and dining tables –  that became representative of postwar European design. These designs reflected a new era of consumer prosperity and technological progress, using prefab materials for the production. Notable designs include Klingenberg’s IK Chair (1950s);  Liang Ie’s J Series and Copal Series, both of which found immense commercial success; and Glatzel’s G-Series Sideboard (1962), which was on display at the “Fries Design: Fristho” exhibition in the Netherlands in 2014.

By the 1970s, Fristho sold their furniture in cities such as Los Angeles, Paris, and Milan. In the late 1970s, due to the economic crisis in the Netherlands, Fristho suffered financially and the factory closed its doors forever in 1978. Today, the vintage pieces produced in the 1950s up until the ‘70s are popular on the vintage market, praised for their postwar aesthetic.

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