A very rare prototype of the SE20 chair, designed by Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum, the Netherlands (Bergeijk) in 1988.
This beautiful chair is completely made of high quality red painted wood and a few chrome-plated metal joints. It’s design is smooth and modern. It has a unique style, using different shapes and Design Techniques in one chair. The backrest is slightly tilted backwards, the seat has a subtle curve that provides additional comfort and the front legs are triangle shaped for extra stability. This combination creates a very unique design and this chair is a prototype of the model, made in 1988. The production of the design lasted from from 1989 to 1996. This unique piece is a great find for any (Dutch) design enthousiast!
It remains in good vintage condition with wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful vintage patina.
Literature: Clarijs, J. (2002). ‘t Spectrum, Moderne meubelvormgeving en naoorlogs idealisme. Rotterdam, Uitgeverij 010. Page 102, nr 334
Martin Visser has designed furniture his whole life. His early furniture was purchased by De Bijenkorf who hired him in 1947 as a salesman and window dresser, and in 1954 appointed chief procurement. Visser gathered early work of Cobra, and was regarded as the discoverer of Anselm Kiefer and Keith Haring. 400 Works of his art collection are housed in the Kröller-Müller Museum. In 1954 he became head of collection and designer furniture at ‘t Spectrum. In the 1960s he was became very populair with the famous BR02 sleeping sofa. He passed away at the age of 87 in his house, that was famously designed by Gerrit Rietveld.