Jan de Jong Extremely Rare Dutch Chandelier in Glass and Metal
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Jan de Jong, Sint-Lambertuskerk (Someren), glass, metal, brass, The Netherlands, 1960s
This charming chandelier is designed by Dutch architect Jan de Jong for the Sint-Lambertus church in in Someren, The Netherlands. The frame in metal shows a beautiful construction of a circular shape holding six spherical shades in glass, which are attached to elegantly shaped curved arms. This spatial arrangement of the pendants ensures that the light is evenly divided in the room. The glass creates this very sophisticated and soft light partition, adding a pleasant ambience to the room. The size is grandiose, making it suitable for spatial rooms with high ceilings. The body is attached to a triangular fixture that is brought together by a circular sphere in brass, creating an extra dimension in height.
Jan de Jong (1917-2001) is known as a Dutch architect of the twentieth century and a representative of the Bossche School, a post-war architectural movement of which architect and Benedictine Hans Dom van der Laan (1904-1991) was the founder. The main features of this School are austere brick facades, rhythmic placement of windows and concrete crossbeams and gray painted walls. He made his entrance as carpenter who worked his way up as an architect around the Second World War, establishing an oeuvre of different types of buildings. De Jong has built according to an arithmetic theory developed by his master van der Laan which is about ideal proportions for architecture. The latter stated that the natural space is too big for humans and regarded it as the architect's job to create spaces that are attuned to the human dimension. From this followed, that dimensions and not construction technique or appearance are the essence of architecture. One of the building principles of the Bossche School was the ‘plastic number’, derived from the golden ratio and frequently implemented by De Jong in his architectural projects.
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