Cor Alons Early Dutch Design Sofa in Camel Upholstery
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Cor Alons for Den Boer, sofa, beech plywood, fabric, the Netherlands, design 1947
This sofa in plywood gets its aesthetics come mostly from its functionality and materials. Cor Alons choose beech plywood for the characteristics and possibilities of the material itself which is very sculptural. The decorative elements of this settee follow from the feasibility of the plywood. Par example, the wooden armrests have a straight, wing like appearance. Also when experienced from the side, the wooden slats that hold the backrest gracefully take a curved position. Whatever perspective you take on it, every angle provides a different visual excitement.
Cor Alons (1892-1967) was a Dutch designer that studies at the Academie Minerva in Groningen and the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. After working for H. Pander & Zn, Alons opened his own firm together with Frits Spanjaard. Alons' designs mostly fit within the theme of Functionalism and he often choose furniture with a clear structure which is also visible in this design.
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