Hendrik Wouda for H. Pander & Zonen Red Cabinet in Oak and Coromandel
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Hendrik Wouda for H. Pander & Zonen, cupboard, oak, coromandel, lacquered wood, The Netherlands, 1920s
This cabinet is designed by Hendrik Wouda and belongs to the Hague School, a movement that emphasized geometric shapes, simple proportions and constructivist decorations. The designer aimed to create a cupboard that would be functional to use in daily life. The front is flanked with a compartment, two drawers and a backside wall. The top can function as a preparation board or you can place your finest kitchenware. The construction is executed in natural oak, while the shelving and square doorknobs are accentuated with a terracotta color. The characteristic doorknobs are made of a luxurious type of wood called coromandel that shows expressive wood grains. For the composition, Wouda integrated elements in a balanced and harmonious manner. Meaning that the cabinet carries a symmetrical layout where both sides mirror one another.
Hendrik Wouda (1885-1946) was a Dutch designer and architect. After studying at the Academie voor Beeldende en Technische Wetenschappen and the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague, Wouda started working at the office of the esteemed architect H.P. Berlage. During World War I, Wouda began working for the renowned furniture company Pander & Zonen in The Hague. Here, he developed a very statuesque style that was inspired by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This style, also known as the New Hague School, is a movement that emphasized geometric form language, simple proportions and constructivist decorations. De Stijl played a major role in the development of the formal language and use of colors of this movement.
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