Cees Braakman



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Cees Braakman (1917-1995)


Chêne, pieds en contreplaqué moulé

H: 76cm  L: 120cm  P: 48cm

UMS Pastoe, Pays-Bas, années 1950

Cees Braakman

Cees Braakman (1917-1995) was an important Dutch furniture designer who was best known for his chair designs of wire steel for Pastoe. In 1934 he started working in the sector classic design at Pastoe in 1734, partly because of the influence of his father. He traveled to America after the war in 1947 to study, such as the production process of furniture. He was also influenced by the work of Charles Eames and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. In addition to chairs, Braakman also designed tables, cabinets and desks. He often used teak and veneer of rosewood.

Braakman has designed a lot for Pastoe and, according to the company, had a big influence on the business designs. He led the Pastoe design team from 1945-1978 and developed the first modern post-war furniture line for the company. In addition, he ensured a coherent collection of furniture with an emphasis on functionality as utensils. In 1958 he designed for Pastoe one of the first chairs made entirely of wire steel, the SM05. The wire construction gives the chair a spatial effect. Braakmans chair was, as he himself acknowledged, inspired by the model Wire Chair (1951) by Charles and Ray Eames from 1951. Braakman simplified the design of especially the chassis compared to that of Eames. Just like the chair of the Eames, Braakman's chair is again in production.

Like Frank Lloyd Wright before the war, Braakman was open to the influence of the simple long flat surfaces and the absence of ornamentation. A visit to Japan led to his design "Japanese desk". That simplicity also fitted well in the 1960s in the Netherlands, the time of reconstruction, when despite the rising prosperity the budgets for home furnishings were still limited. In Japan, he became more interested in plywood furniture. His designs are also appreciated in Japan.