Jules Wabbes Pair of 'JJW48' Side Chairs Reupholstered in Anthracite Leather
Jules Wabbes for Le Mobilier Universel, pair of side chairs model 'JJW 48', leather, chromium-plated metal, Belgium, c. 1963.
These modest and timeless chairs are designed by the well known Belgian designer Jules Wabbes. The dining chairs feature a minimalistic, geometric metal frame. The seat is thick and reupholstered in high quality aniline leather by the experienced craftsmen of our in-house atelier. This model has a very strong character.
Jules Wabbes (1919-1974) was a Belgian furniture designer, architect and professor. He wasn't (as many of his contemporaries) trained as a designer or architect but learned the Craft of designer furniture by sheer necessity. When Wabbes was 24, he opened an antiques shop where some of the furniture was in need of restoration. Therefore, he opened a small workshop where he taught himself how to restore furniture. Alongside restoration he also started to design furniture. His work is aristocratic and modest, and characterized by a sensual use of materials and a clear, almost architectural tectonics. Wabbes developed a line and idiom of its own, averse to the playful and swinging style of many other furniture designs of the postwar period. Wabbes, influenced by American designers such as Edward Wormley, chose to build his furniture with solid wood giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics.
Wabbes-Ferran, Marie. Jules Wabbes. 1919-1974. Binnenhuisarchitect. Doornik: La Renaissance Du Livre, 2002, p. 128 and 139.