Kho Liang Le for Artifort Sofa in Rosewood and Leatherette
Kho Liang Le for Artifort, sofa, rosewood, metal, black faux leather, the Netherlands, 1959.
The design of this sofa is simplistic and features a combination of materials that were specific for that time. The sofa is made out of rosewood slats in the back and a slim, geometric metal frame with black faux leather tufted cushions. This design by Kho Liang Le has become a true Classic and bear traits of other modernist designs such as the Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe.
Kho Liang (1927-1975) was born in China and at the age of 22 he immigrated to the Netherlands. At first Liang studied medicine but change to the rietveld academy to become an interior designer and furniture designer. In 1958 he was appointed as aesthetic adviser and designer of Artifort. Due to its contribution, the orientation of Artifort shifts to the top of the international market. Kho Liang Le attracts foreign designers such as Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt. His influence is thus noticeable until today. As an interior designer, Kho Liang acquires a name with his design for Schiphol in the 1960s. His work breathes purity, warmth and freedom.