Designer Henry van de Velde Belgian
Manufacturer Societe Van de Velde & Company, Belgium

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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.

Bloemenwerf, Henry van de Velde (Belgian, Antwerp 1863–1957 Zurich), Elm, leather, brass

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