Art Deco Style Credenza by De Coene 1960s
Sideboard, in oak, brass and skai, by De Coene, Belgium, 1960s.
Rare early Art Deco style sideboard in oak and skai, signed by Belgian De Coene Frères. This credenza shows a beautiful deep red color with brass details. The detailing has hints of oriental influences. Each of the two doors is decorated with brass hinges and lock, something that might refer to Chinese furniture. Through the use of color and decoration a strong expressive form is created. De Coene is known for their graphical, detailed high-quality furniture.
De Coene was founded in 1887 in Kortrijk (Belgium) by Jozef de Coene, who was at that time 13 years old. In 1895 his younger brother Adolphe joined the company. In their early years De Coene was inspired by Henry van de Velde, Art Deco and the Arts & Crafts movement. The company made many custom made furnishings which leads to an expansive growth. After world war one, the brother visited the United States where they became acquainted with laminated wood production, and purchased a wood-stripping machine. They were the first company that made triplex in Belgium which led to the ability to mass produce. In 1954 they received the right to produce Knoll furniture. But although the company produced on a large-scale, their were still world famous for their meticulously detailed, high-quality and Art Deco inspired furniture.