The design of this chair goes back to Van de Velde’s groundbreaking demonstration of his “new style,” which he presented to the public at Bloemenwerf, the home he designed and built for himself in 1895 in the Brussels suburb of Uccles. He also designed the interiors and the furnishings, which were inspired, in part, by William Morris’s Red House. Van de Velde gave everything in the house, from the door furnishings to the wallpaper, the same patterns of embellishments and flowing linear shapes, demonstrating the idea of Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”) in the creation of a living space.
(sale, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, December 15, 2010, no. 36, sold to Fowler); Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, Stamford, Conn. (2010; her gift to MMA)
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Klaus-Jurgen Sembach. Henry Van de Velde. New York, 1989, pp. 44–45.
Elizabeth Cumming and Wendy Kaplan. The Arts and Crafts Movement. New York, 1991, p. 203, fig. 164.
Amy F. Ogata. Art Nouveau and the Social Vision of Modern Living: The Belgian Artists in a European Context. New York, 2001, p. 97.
Torsten Bröhan and Thomas Berg. Design Classics 1880–1930. Cologne, 2001, p. 30.
Jane Adlin in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70 (Fall 2012), p. 67, ill. (color).