A daybed or bench designed by Dom Hans van der Laan in the Netherlands in the 1970s.
It’s eye-catching, minimalist design is highly recognizable and one of the most beautiful examples of mid-century Dutch design. The daybed is made of wood, crafted in a most recognizable style. This quality piece is a true piece of (Dutch) design history! It’s finished with copper nails, adding nicely to the piece.
It comes from a doctor’s practice in the Dutch town Sint-Michielsgestel. The building was designed in the Bossche School style by Vermeulen architect’s office in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We have the original architect’s drawings available, as well as photos of the practice.
It remains in good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
Dom Hans van der Laan, originator, architect, designer. Benedictine monk and architect Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) may have had a small body of work, but his legacy is highly regarded in the world of architecture. Although he designed three monasteries and a private dwelling, it was not until he reached the age of 53 that he completed his first real design, the St Benedictusberg Abbey in Vaals of which this bench is from. The building was immediately acclaimed as his masterpiece. The greatest part of Van der Laan’s life, however, was dedicated to conceptualizing form, proportion and the way in which human beings perceive architectural spaces. He also developed the theory of plastic numbers.