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Coen de Vries

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As an active member of the famous Dutch foundation Goed Wonen, a popular reference for the modern interior and household, Coen de Vries (1918) had a great influence on postwar furniture and interior design in the Netherlands. He was a student of Johan Niegeman, who himself had studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau, and would later collaborate with the manufacturers Eeka, Everest, Lips and Bruynzeel, and others.

Materials were scarce during the reconstruction years, only sparking an exceptionally innovative new furniture industry, which suited the idealistic ambitions of Coen de Vries like a glove. Throughout his life, he made strong, practical, and rationally designed furniture pieces in line with the ideals of Goed Wonen, that strived for flexibility, continuity and openness in a living space.

At first, Coen de Vries produced his furniture himself and for his store De Sleutel, which would later include his studio for interior design. Because of the small scale production, a furniture piece by Coen de Vries today is considered a precious rarity.

His functionalist taste, however, was an example for many. Coen de Vries designed numerous private interiors, fair stands and stores, among which five Goed Wonen model homes that served as an important inspiration for sophisticated living and good taste. He rarely used his own furniture. Instead, he composed harmonious combination with furniture by, for instance, Gispen, Pilastro and Pastoe.

Image source: © www.maibeeldbank.nl + Goed Wonen
Text: © KADER design

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