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Discover with Whoppah: everything about Louis van Teeffelen

Discover everything about the Dutch designer Louis van Teeffelen with us

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ByEvelien RemmelsJuly 2021

Who's Louis van Teeffelen?

Louis van Teeffelen (1921-1972) born in Beneden-Leeuwen is a Dutch designer. Just before the Second World War until 1952, he worked for two furniture manufacturers in Gelderland, including Salet's Eerste Machine-Furniture Factory. In the evenings he studies furniture design and technical manufacturing at the Royal PBNA. From 1952, Louis commits himself as an independent entrepreneur to contractor Baars en Zn. That company went bankrupt three years later and with that his company also went under. Louis is diligent and does not give up. He went to the furniture factory Walraven en Bevers, later known as Wébé, where he was chief designer from 1955 to the end of 1967.

ParagraphPhoto: Louis van Teeffelen portrait
ParagraphPhoto: Web catalog from archive louisvanteeffelen.nl
ParagraphPhoto: Louis van Teeffelen sideboard 1960

Signature

Louis' designs have, what we now say, a typical vintage look. He was inspired by the Scandinavian minimalist style and combined it with organic shapes. That is why his designs have a clear signature. Graceful shapes made with solid wood, mostly teak or rosewood, and excellent seating comfort.

ParagraphPhoto: Gelderland newspaper

Cow Horn chair

One of his iconic designs is the Cowhorn chair. Produced in the 1960s by AWA Holland. The model has a beautiful dark brown teak wooden frame, a leather seat (sometimes skai) finished with beautiful floating armrests in the shape of a cow horn. A timeless design that today also matches well with a modern interior or, for example, a glass table!

ParagraphPhoto: Sovhorn chair, Louis van Teeffelen
ParagraphPhoto left: Coffee table sketch from archive louisvanteeffelen.nl
ParagraphPhoto right: Louis van Teeffelen coffee table 1960.

Elegant coffee tables

The fact that Louis allowed himself to be influenced by sculptural forms is clearly reflected in his coffee tables. Although the design is minimalist, the legs are finished with subtle graceful curves. He shows that functional and artistic go well together. In the 1960s and 1970s he also designed special TV coffee tables on which the first televisions were given a nice place in the Dutch living room.