Kho Liang Ie for Artifort Rare “Beehive” slatted bench

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Kho Liang Ie for Artifort Rare “Beehive” slatted bench


The bench here is a rare bench designed by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort during the 60s. These benches were specifically commissioned for the Dutch department store “Bijenkorf” in the 60s. Therefore, they were only sold in The Netherlands in small volumes and nowadays a rarity to find. As far as can be traced back, the bench has been delivered in 4 different variants. A short bench and a longer bench as well as 2 different frame styles. The bench in question is the long variant, supporting 3 seating places, and has a short curve at the backside. In any case, the bench supports a cast iron frame and solid wooden slats, placed horizontally on the frame and painted black The model looks like a crossover between the C683 sofa and the 024 lounge chairs/sofa, both also designed by Kho Liang Ie. In fact, the slats bear a striking similarity with the 024, although the slats on a 024 are actually placed vertically. The hand of Kho Liang is very much visible in this design too. The overall result is a typical example of Dutch design; sober, minimalist, well-proportioned and build solid. The bench can be equipped with upholstered cushions to provide for more comfort. With cushions, the bench could be easily used indoor as well. Please ask us about the possibilities. The bench is in good vintage condition with some patina on the wood visible.

Brand / designer:Artifort

In 2020 is het alweer de 130e verjaardag van Artifort. Dit wereldberoemde design merk dat voor design en comfort staat is niet meer weg te denken uit een stijlvol interieur. Aanvankelijk maakte Artifort klassieke meubels en van hout. Maar in de jaren 60 maakt het merk een omslag naar design.In 1890 startte Jules Wagemans als stoffeerder in Maastricht. Zijn zoon nam het bedrijf over en bouwde het uit tot meubelfabriek H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen. In 1928 introduceren zij de merknaam Artifort en tot de jaren 50 is de meubelfabriek gespecialiseerd in houten klassieke meubels. De jaren vijftig betekende een omslag voor Artifort. Met de komst van meubelontwerper Kho Liang Ie, die esthetisch adviseur werd van Artifort, veranderde veel. Zijn visie en kennis van het ontwerpvak waren bepalend voor de successen in de opvolgende decennia.

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Dutch Design, Vintage

Number of items
1 pcs
189 cm
76 cm
82 cm


In good condition with light traces of use appropriate to the age of the item

Signs of usage

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