1950's Pre Japanese Sideboard Cees Braakman Pastoe


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  • £12,000.00
  • €14,034 Euro
  • $16,661 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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A unique, stunning ‘buffet’ for the serious collector. A 1950's ‘Pre-Japanese’ Sideboard, by Cees Braakman For Pastoe. This sideboard is a really exceptionally rare ‘Pre Japanese’ U ‘Oak’ series sideboard, that pre-dated the later walnut series produced by Pastoe. The Japanese series refers to the U and N series of production based around linear and symmetrical cabinetry with visible handles and a strong metal frame. We have only ever seen one of these cabinets before, and this one is unique in a stunning limed-oak, and a wood sub frame that in oak – against the metal of the 60s Japanese series. The cabinet retains its original Pastoe label. The cabinet also features an unusual three cabinet and four drawer combination.
Cess Braakman was born into design and furniture production. His father’s career was at Dutch firm UMS, which was one of the first Dutch firms to pioneer a more minimalist and modern design aesthetic producing modernist furniture as early as the ninety thirties. After the war to recognise their new mission their name was changed to Pastoe. In the late forties Cess Braakman took a study tour to the United States where he was introduced to the visionary work in plywood by Charles & Ray Eames. On his return to Europe in 1948 Cees Braakman followed his father into Pastoe where he remained as the creative force until 1978. The work of Cees Braakman at Pastoe was years ahead of its time and developed in an even more modern and restrained aesthetic than period Danish design. Braakmans DNA at Pastoe was clean, restrained modernity, emphasised with considered detail and proportion. Pastoe was a market leader in developing system furniture and continues to produce to this day, also being bold with the use of colour and not just timber.

During the 1950s, Pastoe focused on developing flexible cabinet systems that could be assembled by the customer, which led to the highly customizable and successful Made-to-Measure storage system launched in 1955. In 1957, the Made-to-Measure furniture range was awarded a silver medal at the 11th Triennial in Milan. Pastoe’s objects have been exhibited in galleries and museums broadly, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Museum of Modern Art in New York. In our view Braakmans work for Pastoe deserves more recognition.

Internal Drawer dimensions: 44l x 46w x 9h
Middle cupboard 38l x 69w x 21h top shelf 22h bottom shelf
Left cupboard 38l x 47w x 46h with adjustable shelf (all cm)"

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  • H: 80cm (31.50in)
  • W: 201cm (79.13in)
  • D: 42cm (16.54in)



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