Christophe Gevers for De Coene Wardrobe in Teak and Cane
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Christophe Gevers for De Coene, wardrobe, model 'Saphir', teak, cane, Belgium, circa 1962.
Rare wardrobe designed by Belgian designer Christophe Gevers (1928-2007) in 1962 and manufactured by De Coene. Gevers designed this cabinet as part of the exclusive Saphir series for which De Coene set up a retrospective exhibition in 2006. This wardrobe features a body made of the finest solid teak with three doors furnished with beautifully executed woven cane. The interior has a wonderfully practical layout with different compartments and a clothing rack, offering enough space to store personal belongings. The inner side of the middle door contains one mirror. One large drawer at the bottem complements this cabinet. All in all, an elegant and versatile piece that is both functional and aesthetic
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, there were still world famous for their meticulously detailed, high-quality and Art Deco inspired furniture.
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