Emiel Veranneman Set of Eight 'Osaka' Dining Chairs in Blue Leather
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Emiel Veranneman for De Coene, set of eight 'Osaka' dining chairs, stained mahogany, nubuck leather, Belgium 1968.
The Belgian designer Emiel Veranneman is a specialist in balancing decorative and structural components in furniture, and these dining chairs are a prime example of that. In 1970, the 'Osaka' chair was presented in the Belgian pavilion at the World Exhibition in Osaka, Japan. The overall appearance of the chair is organic and roundish, yet the strict and linear base creates a counterbalanced appearance. The oval-shaped seat is supported by a wooden frame that diverges on both sides, transitioning into the rear legs. The pronounced geometry of the unit contributes to the unit's unique sculptural silhouette. The chairs are newly reupholstered in a fine nubuck leather material in the color ocean blue. The artistry and novelty of this particular set ensure that it can be placed as a visual statement in one's interior.
Emiel Veranneman (1924-2003) had a very important role in the art scene of Belgium. After the Second World War, he began his career in designing furniture. Because of his vision and creativity, his work is often indistinguishable from art. However, throughout his career, he designed pieces without compromising their functionality.
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, they were still world famous for their meticulously detailed, high-quality and Art Deco inspired furniture.
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