3 miniature chairs and a miniature bench from Mari's Autoprogettazione Collection.

Hand-made miniature chairs by Halil Hinz

Enzo Mari - miniature Autoprogettazione

Halil Hinz has been busy! He recently sent these photographs of his latest hand-made miniatures. They're all from Enzo Mari's Autoprogettazione Collection of 19 chairs, tables, benches, beds, wardrobes and bookcase.
As usual, the craftsmanship and the photography is simply outstanding. I'm truly grateful to Halil. Many thanks.

carrying case for the set of miniatures from Autoprogettazione Collection [2]

Miniature Autoprogettazione Collection

I stumbled on these photographs when researching this post. They're from Design Boom. Above is a really neat carrying case - it holds all 19 pieces at miniature scale from Mari's Autoprogettazione Collection and they all fit perfectly. I guess the scale of these miniatures is either 1:10 or 1:12. 
Miniature Sedia 1123 P and Tavolo Rettangolare 1123 C [2]

[1] Unless noted otherwise, all photographs © Halil Hinz
[2] Photographs are from designboom.com

Hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz

Rietveld Dining chairs - 1919

Here are more hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz of Rietveld's 1919 dining chairs. Halil has actually made three miniatures: one light oak (with side fender skirts) and two dark oak chairs (one with side fender skirts and one without). Rietveld's side panels seem to serve no other purpose than to give a little mass to the chair. Otherwise they can look "spindly".
Again, I'm amazed at the standard of the craftsmanship on the miniature chairs - they're just stunning. And Halil has raised the bar for photography of miniature chairs to a completely new level. Well done, Halil. And many thanks for sharing your chairs with MiniatureChairMan.

Unless noted otherwise, all photographs © Halil Hinz
Hand-made miniature Karsten dining chair (l) and dining chair circa 1919.

Hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz

Rietveld Karsten Dining chair

More fantastic hand-made miniature chairs from our friend Halil Hinz. This time, various dining chairs designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1919. 

The full-scale dining chair with the grey leather back-rest originally belonged to architect and sculptor Charles Karsten. Materials included deal and leather and suede leather. The structural elements are 30-mm square and the arms are 30 x 90-mm. It is painted grey with a black painted seat and yellow accented ends.

Approximate dimensions at 1:6 scale (L/H/W):
The other dining chair is made using hardwood for the structural elements and plywood for the seat and back. The structural pieces are thinner . This chair also has wooden side "fender" skirts. Painted white with dark-grey accent ends.

Approximate dimensions at 1:6 scale (L/H/W):

Various hand-made miniature Rietveld dining chairs designed in 1919.
As always, I grateful to Halil for sharing these photographs of his hand-made miniature chairs. The miniature chairs get better each time. You've outdone yourself this time, Halil. Many thanks. 

Unless noted otherwise, all photographs © Halil Hinz
Hand-made 1:6 scale miniature Rietveld Berlin chairs [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz

Miniature Rietveld Berlin chair (1923)

Pictureminiature hand-made Berlin chair [1]
Around 1923 Rietveld introduced two new formal elements in his
furniture designs: these were asymmetry and construction
with flat panels. 

Rietveld has sacrificed anatomical considerations in order to produce what is virtually a De Stijl sculpture in an unlimited edition, with all the characteristic juxtaposition of planes in space and subtle differentiation of parts using various greys.

The Berlin chair is strongly reminiscent of Mondrian's earlier paintings. The Berlin chair is unlike the Red-Blue both in its asymmetry and the predominance of  planes rather than lines.  Structurally, all the parts add rigidity to each other, rendering the simple lapped joins perfectly strong.
Last year we featured a miniature Rietveld Berlin chair. It was hand-made by Gerard Dago Jové but it was the 1965 version, where Gerrit Rietveld angled the writing tablet to make the chair more comfortable. This version, by Halil Hinz, is of Rietveld's original 1923 Berlin chair where the writing tablet is rectangular. Halil has made both the left-hand and right-hand versions of the chair.
The other significant difference between Halil's Berlin's chair and Gerard's is that Halil's is left in the natural oak finish rather than painted.
miniature hand-made Berlin chair [1]
Many thanks as always to Halil for sending these wonderful photographs of his hand-made 1:6 scale miniature Berlin chairs. If anyone is interested in adding one of Halil’s miniature chairs to their collection, he can be contacted on joi738@aol.com.

[1] Unless noted otherwise, all photographs © Halil Hinz
Hand-made 1:6 scale miniature Rietveld Kinderstoels [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz

Miniature Rietveld Kinderstoels

More terrific hand-made miniature chairs from our friend Halil Hinz. This time it’s two examples of Kinderstoels designed by Gerrit Rietveld; the first from circa 1919; the second a variation from circa 1921. 

We featured the 1919 High Chair design about this time last year in a post about hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové.
miniature 1921 Schelling Kinderstoel
This time we’ll concentrate on the 1921 variation, which is known as the Schelling Kinderstoel 2. The Schelling Kinderstoel is similar to the High Chair with the following subtle differences:

  • The foot rail is fixed to the inside of the frame, rather than to the outside of the frame;
  • The frame is painted red with white ends rather than stained.
  • 1919 High Chair has a deal frame with carefully rounded edges while the frame for the 1921 Schelling High Chair is made with all hard edges.
  • The upper horizontal rail of the 1919 High Chair’s back is made from leather (which is different to Gerard’s version); it’s timber in the 1921 version.
Materials for both of Halil's miniature High Chairs include oak frame; the 1919 High Chair is stained; the 1921 Schelling Kinderstoel is painted and varnished; leather seat and back for both.

Dimensions: (L/H/W): 1919 High Chair: 68-mm/150-mm/68-mm
1921 High Chair: 59-mm/150-mm/68-mm

I’m grateful to Halil for sending these photographs of his hand-made 1:6 scale miniature Kinderstoels to feature on MiniatureChairMan. If you would like to add one of these miniature chairs to your collection, contact Halil on joi738@aol.com.

[1] All photographs © Halil Hinz
Hand-made miniature Rietveld De Ligt dining chairs [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz

Miniature Rietveld De Ligt dining chair

These wonderful photographs of hand-made miniature chairs come from our friend Halil Hinz. 
PictureFull-scale De Ligt dining chair, 1919 [2]
The miniature chairs are of Gerrit Rietveld’s ‘armless’ side dining chair designed in 1919 for Bart De Ligt in Katwijk aan Zee. The interior was designed by Theo van Doesburg and Rietveld designed two dining chairs, an arm chair and this side chair for the house. 

No examples of the armless chair are known to be in existence, and later versions have been made using the dimensions of the arm chair and the photographs of the original side chair . 

Using ‘simple’ dowel connections the chair is constructed using 25-mm square sections of solid timber and 12-mm plywood for the seat and back. Materials of the original chair include solid wood (either beech or oak) painted white with dark painted ends.
Many thanks to Halil for sending these photographs of his hand-made 1:6 scale miniature De Ligt dining side chairs. If anyone is interested in adding one of Halil’s miniature chairs to their collection, he can be contacted on joi738@aol.com.

[1] Unless noted otherwise, all photographs © Halil Hinz
[2] Photograph from wikimedia.org
1:6 scale miniature Rietveld slat chair and packaging by Halil Hinz

Hand-made miniatures by Halil Hinz

Miniature Rietveld unpainted slat chair

Over the years I’ve written several posts about Rietveld’s Red Blue chair and its variants. There’s Vitra’s 1:6 scale miniature Red Blue chair; there’s Nori Arts Handicrafts Workshop’s 1:5 scale miniature unpainted slat chair (with side panels); and there Halil Hinz’s 1:6 scale miniature unpainted slat chair.
Pictureside-by-side comparison
We featured Halil’s miniature chairs in February when he was selling three different versions (unpainted slat; unpainted slat with side panels, and painted slat) on eBay. Halil is a master carpenter and he makes the miniature chairs as a hobby.

Pictureside-by-side comparison
I’ve been fortunate to have added one to my collection. It came in a sturdy wooden crate, not dissimilar to Vitra’s 'holzkisten', with the intriguing curly red plastic strips inside for protect-ion. Mine is the unpainted slat chair (without the side panels).

It’s based on a different version of the chair from the Red Blue chair. The seat back panel is slightly higher and both the seat and the back panels are wider. The workmanship is outstanding – it’s a very welcome addition to my collection.
Halil's miniature unpainted slat chair compared to Vitra's miniature Red Blue chair
Halil tells me he is working on miniatures of other Rietveld chair designs, which will be ready in 3-4 weeks. We will feature them “as and when”

 If anyone is interested in adding one of Halil’s miniature chairs to their collection, he can be contacted on joi738@aol.com.

1:6 scale Rietveld Red Blue model chair kit [1]

Hand-made miniature chairs

Rietveld Red Blue 1:6 scale model chair kit

Earlier this year, we featured the hand-made miniature Rietveld Red Blue chairs in the post directly below. I’d incorrectly assumed that they’d been made from a Rietveld Heirs Do-It-Yourself kit (although I think I could be forgiven since a Rietveld Heirs booklet features in several of the photographs).

Halil Hinz, who made the chairs, set me straight: he is a master carpenter and he made the miniatures by hand (more about Halil on Tuesday).

Rietveld Heirs D-I-Y Red Blue chair kit - all photographs [1]
I’d also incorrectly assumed that the Rietveld Heirs D-I-Y kits, having seen them occasionally on the internet, were still available in shops. Halil sent photographs of one of his kits (above) and from that I did some research on the internet and discovered that Rietveld Heirs stopped making the kits circa 1985.

I first published this post on 9 May 2012 (nearly one year ago to the day!) when Achim Kretzmer sent photographs of his Rietveld Heirs 

D-I-Y kit for the Berlin chair and end table. He included photographs of each page from the booklet that came with the kit, which I did not publish. I didn’t realise at the time how special the photographs were and how lucky we were to receive them. I’ve included them now, below. I must apologise to Mr Kretzmer for not publishing them sooner - better late than never, I suppose.
PictureMy Christmas "haul of 30 chairs"
I’ve got a 1:6 scale Rietveld Red Blue chair in my collection that came with my “haul” of 30 chairs that I bought in December 2010. I reckon that it’s a D-I-Y chair, perhaps from the same family of 
D-I-Y kits as Mr Kretzmer’s 
D-I-Y Berlin chair and End Table.

Three Red Blue chairs were included in the collection of 30 miniatures chairs; one was 1:5 scale and the other two were 1:6 scale. 
I already had the Vitra Design Museum version of the Red Blue chair and it was obvious that these were hand-made, so I wasn't particularly interested in them.  

Vitra (left) and hand-made Red Blue chairs
I hadn't noticed until I researched this post and compared the different models that the seat panel on my hand-made miniature Red Blue chair is wider (almost the full width of the chair - see photograph above) than the seat panel on the miniature Vitra model; they must have been based on different versions of the full-scale Red Blue chair.   
D-I-Y Red Blue chair kit - double-click on images to enlarge
Interestingly, the D-I-Y kit for the Red Blue chair above was found in a thrift shop for $1, compared to the one (top) listed on Uniques & Antiques internet auction, which I would guess sold for a lot more. 

Do-it-yourself miniature Rietveld Berlin chair and End Table kit [7]

1:6 scale D-I-Y miniature Rietveld Berlin chair and End Table model kit

Following on from our recent post about Gerard Dago Jové's hand-made Rietveld Berlin chairsomething completely different:
Picturepre-cut pieces: End Table (l);Berlin chair [3]
Today I received an e-mail from Achim Kretzmer with these photographs of his 1:6 scale do-it-yourself Rietveld Berlin chair and End Table. Mr Kretzmer, you will recall, sent photographs of his prototype Eames DSS chair from his collection, which we featured last September.

As you can see, the D-I-Y kit comes with pre-cut pieces for both the Berlin chair and the companion End Table. Also included are black, white, two shades of grey and red pots of paints. There’s also an instruction booklet; we have included all the pages in the slide show below.
1:6 scale Berlin chair and End Table model kit - click on images to enlarge [3]
As you can see from the packaging above, the kit is from 1985 – Mr Kretzmer has been saving it for just the right time and he assures us that he will send photographs of the completed miniature Berlin chair and End Table as soon as he has finished painting and assembling them. We're thrilled and grateful in equal measure to receive information and photographs from readers of MiniatureChairMan. I appreciate the effort that Mr Kretzmer has taken to photograph his Berlin chair, End Table model kit (and booklet!). 

Many thanks Mr Kretzmer - we appreciate it. 
Instruction booklet - Berlin chair and End table [3]

Rietveld End Table

Full-scale End tables - double-click on images to enlarge
As was Rietveld’s wont, he designed several variations of his End Table. The first was the Brugman End Table from 1923, which is 600-mm high and, in addition to the usual primary colours, included grey paint. The final version, some say for the Schröder House, also circa 1923, gains in grace and finesse by reducing the height of the bottom element of the vertical support by 150-mm to make a visually better-balanced table. The final version, which is included in this kit, omits the grey paint from the earlier Brugman version and employs only primary colours of red, blue and yellow with black and white accents.

[1] Photographs from Lot no. 125 uniquesandantiques.com 
[2] Photographs © Halil Hinz and used with his kind permission
[3] Photographs © Achim Kretzmer and used with his kind permission
[4] Photograph from artvalue.com
[5] Photograph from Sotheby’s
[6] Photograph from designaddict.com
[7] Photograph from eBay.de
Hand-made D-I-Y miniature Rietveld Red-Blue chairs [1] Click to enlarge.

Hand-made D-I-Y miniature Rietveld Red-Blue chairs

Every time I think there’s nothing left to write about, I find something fantastic that I just have to bring to the reader’s attention. 

I don’t usually make a habit of writing about miniatures from eBay, but in this case, I’ve made an exception. These hand-made Rietveld 1:6 scale miniatures are for sale on eBay.de. They're hand-made using a Rietveld D-I-Y kit, which we have featured previously. 

There are three miniature versions of Rietveld’s Red-Blue chair: first, the unpainted slat armchair, which we featured previously in 1:5 scale by Nori Arts Handicrafts Workshop. Next, there's a white painted and a natural veneer version of the Red-Blue chair. I believe the red-blue version of the Red-Blue chair pictured is from Vitra Design Museum. It's great to see all four versions together in the photograph at the top of the page.

Finally, there are painted and natural veneer versions of Rietveld’s Steltman chair, which was our first post in this hand-made miniatures section, featuring Dirk Dowald's handiwork (www.miniaturstuhl.de). 
I don't know if these too are from a D-I-Y kit. Anyone? Anyone?

All but the white Red-Blue chair are gone. The auction runs until 17 February 2013, so if you hurry, you can bid for it.

[1], [3], [4] and [5] photographs from eBay.de now removed.
[2] Photograph from eBay.de

If anyone knows who makes these D-I-Y kits or where to find them, I would love to hear from you.
Miniature hand-made Aarnio Rocket stool [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Aarnio Rocket stool

The Rocket stool is a modern interpretation of a traditional milking stool by Finnish interior designer Eero Aarnio (born in 1932 in Helsinki). Aarnio studied at the Art and Design School in Helsinki with Ilmari Tapiovaara as his teacher. 
miniature Rocket stool [1]
Playful, experimental and sculptural forms are typical of Aarnio's approach to modern design. Well known for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, most notably his plastic and fibreglass chairs such as the Ball chair, the Pastilli chair and the Tomato chair. 

The Rocket stool shows that he is also skilled in wood product design. The "Popeye" style bulging legs of the Rocket stool (and especially the Baby Rocket) are reminiscent of the legs from Carl Malmsten’s Lilla Åland chair.

1:1 Rocket and Baby Rocket stools [2]
Aarnio designed this three-legged stool in 1995 for his own use; it only became part of Artek's product range after Tom Dixon saw it in Aarnio's kitchen. In 2006, Aarnio introduced the companion Baby Rocket, a child-sized version of same stool.

The full-scale Rocket stool is manufactured by Artek, Finland from 1995. Materials include solid oak seat and legs in a soaped finish or in black, white or red lacquered paint. Dimensions of the 1:6 scale miniature Rocket Stool: (Dia/H): 53-mm/121-mm.

Many thanks as always to Gerard Dago Jové for kindly allowing us to feature his hand-made miniature chairs (or stool in this instance) on MiniatureChairMan. To see more of Gerard’s hand-made miniatures check out his blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.com

[1] photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] photograph from furnitureseen.com
Hand-made miniature Carlo Mollino Pavia café chair from Casa del Sole [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Carlo Mollino Pavia café chair

Carlo Mollina [2]
miniature Pavia café chair [1]
Carlo Mollino (1905 –1973) was an Italian architect, furniture designer, teacher and photographer. Born in Turin, Piedmont, Mollino was the son of Eugenio Mollino, an engineer.

As he grew up, Mollino became interested in a variety of topics that were as outrageous as his art, such as downhill skiing, the occult, racing cars and stunt piloting.
He was once credited as saying, "Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic". That credo was certainly reflected throughout his body of work.

miniature Pavia café chair [1]
Mollino's architecture and furniture are famous for their ability to enable occupants to manipulate volumes at a whim. More than a little inspired by the furniture of Antonio Gaudi, the Pavia café chair exemplifies Mollino's sculpturally inspired furniture. 

Conceived for the dining room for Mollino’s Casa del Sole chalet and hotel (1947-1955), the chair is composed of basic elements - the sculpted back pierces the seat and joins the rear legs to create a fluid form. 

Mollino's Casa del Sole, Cervinia [3]
Mollino drew on traditional rustic designs for inspiration.
The complex leg system is distinguished by the thru-tenon joinery. The Pavia café is located in the same ski resort as Mollino's earlier Casa del Sole, in which Mollino first employed the iconic chair design. Materials include solid oak seat, legs and back with brass bolts and screws.

Originally made by Ettore Canali, Brescia, Italy, 1954.
Approximate dimensions of the 1:6 scale Pavia chair (L/H/W):

Once again I'm grateful to Gerard Dago Jové for allowing us to feature his handmade miniature chairs on MiniatureChairMan. Thanks Gerard. Check out Gerard's blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.com

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photograph from stylepark.com
[3] Photograph from Flickr
Hand-made miniature Nathan Lerner 'Chair in a Box' by Gerard Dago Jové [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Nathan Lerner 'Chair in a Box'

miniature 'Chair in a Box' [1]
Chicago-born artist, painter, designer, teacher and photographer Nathan Lerner (1913–1997) was one of the first students to enrol at the New Bauhaus, in Chicago. 
With the support of Walter Gropius — a lecturer at Harvard — Laszlo Moholy-Nagy founded the New Bauhaus in 1937. Lerner became one of its first scholarship students and turned increasingly to photographic experimentation, even co-authoring a book on the subject. 

After graduating, he stayed at the New Bauhaus as Dean and Educational Director of the Institute of Design until 1949, when he formed his own company specialising in low-cost consumer items with simple forms: moulded plastic bottles and containers, lamps, toys, modular furniture, etc. Some of these objects, such as the familiar plastic Honeybear honey jar*, became American design icons.
miniature 'Chair in a Box' [1]
'Chair in a box' was designed by Lerner while a student at the New Bauhaus. Sold by mail order through Popular Home Magazine, the birch plywood chair came in six pieces, pre-drilled and flat packed in a cardboard box. The purchaser was able to assemble the chair at home and paint or upholster to his
 or her own taste.

Approximate dimensions of the 1:6 scale 'Chair in a Box' (L/H/W):

I don't know where Gerard Dago Jové finds all these great chairs to make into miniatures. This is a terrific design - thank you Gerard for allowing us to feature 'Chair in a Box' on MiniatureChairMan. 

Be sure to check out Gerard's blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.com
Full-scale 'Chair in a Box' - double-click on images to enlarge

Lerner designed Honeybear jar [3]
*Lerner designed the familiar plastic ‘Honeybear’ honey jar, one of the USA’s most emblematic marketing icons, as well as the aerosol can and Neutrogena soap. 

He should also be remembered as the man who discovered and preserved the work of Henry Darger. Lerner was his landlord at 851 Webster St, Chicago. After Darger died in 1972, Lerner found his writings and drawings the next summer and in 1977 had them exhibited in Realms of the Unreal: The Work of Henry Darger

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photographs from icollector.com
[3] Photograph from mim4art.blogspot 
Gerard Dago Jove's hand-made miniature FH4216 chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Mogens Lassen FH4216 chair

Hand-made miniature FH4216 [1]
Born in Copenhagen, architect and furniture designer Mogens Lassen (1901-1987) is today considered one of the pioneers of Danish Functionalism; his internationally recognised works span the spectrum from buildings to interior and furniture design. 

Mogens Lassen was fascinated by the possibilities inherent in Functionalist design and by the Bauhaus, whose principles informed many of his most best-known designs.

It was during a stay in Paris from 1927-28 that the works and ideas
of Le Corbusier also influenced Lassen's cubistic architectural ideals.

Hand-made miniature FH4216 [1]
These ideals can clearly be seen in Lassen’s furniture designs. The Inn Series is the proper name for Mogens Lassen's dining group for Fritz Hansen. Designed circa 1962, the geometric shapes - the squares of the FH4216 chair seat and FH4226 table, and the semicircular top rail of the chair’s backrest, were created with almost mathematical precision. 

Materials include natural or painted beech with woven paper cord seat .

The FH4216 chair and FH4226 table were manufactured by Fritz Hansen from 1964 and were in production for seven or eight years.

Dimensions of the 1:6 scale FH4216 chair (L/H/W):

From Fritz Hansen's archives: the full-scale FH4216 chairs and FH4226 table [2]
I’m really quite impressed with Lassen’s Inn Series table and chair. Look at the photograph above at right. The shamrock configuration is very practical – especially for tight spaces. I especially like the way Lassen has accentuated the geometry of the square by adding the ‘X’ pattern in the weaving of the seat cord – noughts and crosses, if you will. Not only does the 'X' appear in the seat, but it repeats itself across the table from chair to chair in an implied 'X', thus reinforcing the concept. Very clever, indeed.

As always I’m indebted to Gerard Dago Jové for allowing us to feature his hand-made miniature chairs on MiniatureChairMan. Many thanks Gerard.

Be sure to visit Gerard’s blog: seualacadira.blogspot

Update 26 January 2013

Kaleidoscope from Inspiration '66

Kaleidoscope - double-click on images to enlarge
Recently I stumbled upon these groovy photographs on Fritz Hansen's Facebook page. They have nothing to do with miniature chairs but I like the images - and I'm pleased to have found the original colour version of the Lassen 4226 table above. All tables and chairs are from Fritz Hansen's range. The photographs are from a 1966 article called Kaleidoscope; they were featured in a Fritz Hansen magazine called Inspiration '66. These kaleidoscope-inspired photos were styled by Bård Henriksen, Fritz Hansen's Head of Design at the time.
The Kubus Candlestick Collection [3]

Mogens Lassen Kubus candlestick holders

Mogens Lassen designed the classic Kubus candlestick holder in 1962. The result was the iconic square shaped lacquered steel frame topped with candle holders, which is universally admired for its sense of functionalism, mathematical precision and elegant simplicity. In 1983, 21 years after designing the original Kubus candle holder, he evolved the collection to become a comprehensive mathematical calculation. 
Mogens Lassen c. 1983 [3]
Lassen took his inspiration from the Bauhaus school, designing a collection consisting of all the Bauhaus geometric symbols – square, triangle and circle – and combining with them the Bauhaus's integrity, simplicity and functionality. 

The current collection comprises Line, Kubus 1, 3 and 8, Circle 3 and 6, Triangle and Bowl.

Until the 1980s it was only Mogens Lassen's own family and friends who were able to acquire the candle holders; now Søren Lassen and Nadia Lassen, grandson and great-granddaughter of Mogens Lassen, in collaboration with Paustian, have brought Lassen’s candle holder designs into production through their company By Lassen.
The Bowl by Mogens Lassen [3]
I'm particularly fascinated by the Bowl, which was inspired by Mogens Lassen’s original sketches.  
It's only in 2012 that it has been manufactured. To my eye, it looks to be derived from the same design principles – or mathematical calculations if you will – as the FH4216 chair. The Bowl would sit perfectly on Lassen's FH4226 table above.

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photograph 4 of 4 from FritzHansen 
[3] Photographs from By Lassen
Miniature hand-made Rietveld High-back Armchair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Rietveld High-back Armchair

miniature High-back Armchair [1]
The High-back Armchair was designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1924 for the Schröder house, but it was later used for the Harrenstein-Schrader family and the home of the Birza family.

The basic construction is the same as the Red Blue chair except the wooden members are round rather than square, the seat and back supports are curved instead of straight and, of course, the chair is black rather than the more familiar red-blue colour scheme.

miniature High-back Armchair [1]
Materials include wood billet frame with curved laminated wood seat and back, all painted black. Manufacturer of the full-scale (1:1) High-back Armchair:
Rietveld's furniture workshop, Utrecht, Netherlands. 

Approximate dimensions of the 1:6 scale High-back Armchair:
L/H/W: 108mm/153mm/127mm

I'm grateful to Gerard for allowing us to feature his hand-made miniature chair from his collection. Many thanks.

Be sure to visit Gerard's blog: seualacadira.blogspot

[1] All photographs are from seualacadira.blogspot
miniature hand-made Rietveld Dining Room chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Rietveld Dining Room chair

Full-scale Dining Room chair [2]
Designed in 1908 at age 20, Gerrit Rietveld made this Dining Room chair after leaving his father’s shop and joining CJ Begeer’s Jewellery Company in Utrecht as a draughtsman. He was also attending evening classes in art and architecture at the time. Gerard Dago Jové’s miniature chair is most probably modelled after the Dining Room chair from Utrecht Centraal Museum’s collection, which was included in a 2008 exhibition of Rietveld designed furniture.

A second, nearly identical Dining Room chair is in a private collection in Utrecht. A wider, painted 'bankstoeltje' or bench seat version of the Dining Room chair (without a leather seat), also from 1908, recently sold at auction at Christie's for $20,977.
miniature Dining Room chair [1]
Materials include (stained fir or pine) deal with leather seat, square uprights joined by a leather strap backrest 
fastened with brass nails.

Gerard has taken artistic license with his hand-made miniature and introduced an ‘X’ pattern in the leather seat and also attached it using brass nails. The leather seat  on the original chair appears to be glued to the chair (see photo of original above) and it does not include an 'X' feature in the leather.

miniature Dining Room chair [1]
Approximate dimensions of the 1:6 scale Dining Room chair:
(L/H/W): 67-mm/144-mm/92-mm

The miniature Rietveld Dining Room chair is another hand-made chair from Gerard Dago Jové’s fantastic miniature chair collection. I am grateful, as always, to Gerard for continuing to allow us to feature his hand-made miniature chairs on MiniatureChairMan. 

Many thanks Gerard. 

Be sure to check out Gerard’s blog seualacadira.blogspot

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot 
[2] Photograph from Chris' Travel Photos on flickr 
[3] For an interesting collection of lesser-known Rietveld chairs see mondo-blogo. Being a family blog, I must warn you, if you are offended by profanity - look away now.
miniature Windsor chair painted in the style of Tapiovaara [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Windsor chair painted in the style of 
Ilmari Tapiovaara

The man himself: Gerard Dago Jové with the Windsor chair before re-painting [1]
Before...with a Tapiovaara Pirkka chair [1]
The Windsor chair at right came with my first instalment of Melerski miniatures (Melerski Windsor) in November 2011. 

Since it arrived I’ve had mixed emotions about it: it's been the ‘odd miniature out’ in my collection. It’s 1:5 scale and doesn’t seem to logically fit-in anywhere in my collection.

Months ago, while researching for the post about Carl Malmsten's Lilla Åland chair, I found photographs of 'Windsor' chairs designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara, and I immediately fell in love with them (see photos below). 
....and after [1]
Tapiovaara's chairs all have the same back design: the spindles radiate in towards the centre the same as my miniature Windsor chair; everything is painted gloss black except the seat, which is solid teak. I sent a photograph to Gerard Dago Jové and asked him, if I sent the miniature chair to him, would he paint it in the style of Tapiovaara? 

I think the finished product looks stunning – Gerard’s done a wonderful job – it's much better than before, wouldn't you agree?

Many thanks, Gerard - I really appreciate it. Be sure to check out Gerard’s Blog: seualacadira.blogspot.

1:1 Tapiovaari Fanett chairs [2]

Ilmari Tapiovaari Fanett chair

The Fanett dining chairs were originally designed in 1949 by Ilmari Tapiovaara and made in Finland by Asko. The seat is natural teak; the base, spindles and back are ebonised.

A main characteristic of Tapiovaara's work is that he explored a chair's possibilities through multiplicity: he created many versions of each of his important pieces - reissuing them in different shapes and sizes. He did this, for example, with the Fanett chair, which later became the basis for the Pirkka chair and its companion table, bench and stool (1955) and the Mademoiselle lounge and rocking chairs (1957).
1:1 Tapiovaara Fanett, Pirkka and Mademoiselle chairs - double-click to enlarge
I love Tapiovaara's designs; I would love to see Vitra Design Museum make a miniature of either the Domus chair or the Fanett chair - or even better, both.

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photograph from lauritz.com

[3] Photograph modernroom.co.uk 
[4] Photograph from deconet.com
miniature hand-made Hillestak chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Robin Day Hillestak chair

Robin Day [2]
Robin Day (1915-2010) was without doubt one of the most influential British furniture designers of the 20th century. In 1949 British furniture maker Hille commissioned Robin Day to design furniture for mass-production. Over 44 years he created more than 150 designs for domestic and office furniture and public seating. He is best remembered for his 1963 Polypropylene moulded stacking chair, one of the best-selling chairs of all time, with nearly 50 million units sold since its introduction.

miniature Hillestak [1]
Having won MoMA’s 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in the storage category, it’s hardly surprising that many of Day's early designs for Hille were low-cost. His 1950 Hillestak chair  was no exception, it featured a moulded plywood seat and back linked with a laminated spine on 'V' shaped legs. The Hillestak chair was part of a larger range that included a desk, table, sideboard and arm-chair, all with the distinctive 'V' shaped legs.

Materials include moulded walnut plywood seat and back with beech wood frame and legs. The original Hillestak stackable chair was designed by Robin Day for Hille, 1950. www.hille.co.uk
miniature Hillestak [1]
The miniature Hillestak is another hand-made chair from Gerard Dago Jové’s fantastic miniature chair collection. I am grateful to Gerard for allowing us to feature his ever-expanding collection of miniature chairs on MiniatureChairMan. Thanks Gerard. 

Approximate dimension of the 1:6 scale miniature Hillestak chair: (L/H/W): 73-mm/122-mm/82-mm

Check out Gerard’s blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.com

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photograph from arts.brighton.ac.uk

Hand-made miniature Bardi Girafa chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Lina Bo Bardi Girafa chair

miniature Girafa chair [1]
Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) was an incredibly prolific architect and designer who devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Born in Rome and educated at
Rome University's College of Architecture, she began her
career in Milan under Gio Ponti.

Bardi designed the simple yet beautiful Girafa chair in 1987 as part of a family of furniture for one of her last projects: a café bar in Salvador, Brazil.

miniature Girafa chair [1]
Also included in the range is a stool, bar chair and side table; the chairs can stack three high. The various components of the chair are screwed and dowelled using dark wood Ipê, thereby giving it its distinctive look.

Designers of the full-scale Girafa chair: Lina Bo Bardi with Marcelo Suzuki and Marcelo Ferraz. Materials include solid Freijo wood frame. Manu-factured by Barauna, Brazil from 1987. www.barauna.com.br 

Approximate dimensions of the 1:6 scale Girafa chair (L/H/W): 67-mm/160-mm/73-mm 

The miniature Girafa is another hand-made chair from Gerard Dago Jové's collection. Many thanks Gerard for allowing us to feature your handiwork on MiniatureChairMan. 

Be sure to visit Gerard’s blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.com

[1] photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
Hand-made miniature Berteau Instant chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Berteau Instant side chair

miniature Instant chair [1]
Alain Berteau was born 1971 in Germany; at the age of three he moved to Belgium. He studied interior design and furniture design at the La Cambre School of Arts in Brussels, where he earned his degree in architecture in 1996. In 2002, he opened his interior design practice and was named the interior designer of the Biennale in 2006.

Berteau designed the Instant side chair for Feld in 2004. It's a puzzle-like chair that is machine-cut from a birch plywood panel.

The chairs are delivered in ultra-flat boxes that are equipped with a suitcase-like handle. With just eight screws and within a few minutes, the birch wood panel can be transformed into a stylish chair, albeit with a slightly cartoonish silhouette. 
miniature Instant chair [1]
The full-scale Instant side chair is made from half a square meter of birch plywood and comes either clear-varnished or lacquered painted in a choice of nine different colours. Manufactured by Feld, Belgium, since 2004 www.feld.be

Dimensions of the 1:6 scale miniature Instant chair (L/H/W); 70-mm/135-mm/67-mm

The hand-made miniature Instant chair was made by Gerard Dago Jové. Many thanks, as always, for allowing us to feature it on MiniatureChairMan.

Full scale Instant chair before assembly with its packaging.
Be sure to visit Gerard's blog www.seualacadira.blogspot.com

[1] all photographs are from seualacadira.blogspot
Hand-made miniature low and high-backed Mackintosh Ingram chairs [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Mackintosh Ingram chairs

The stained oak elongated chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh was used in Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms in Glasgow in 1900. The chair is simply an elongated, taller version of Mackintosh's standard height dining chair, with a single pierced square, which was designed for the Ladies Luncheon Room and Cloister Room of the same year. 
miniature low and high Ingram chairs [1]
These high backed chairs have an additional three pierced squares at the top of the two central back splats - the positioning helping to draw the eye up the height of the chair. Mackintosh's original drawing for this and the standard dining chair depict the chairs in green stained wood. However, the completed chairs were stained dark brown, probably to deliberately contrast with the light painted panelling of the  tearoom's interiors.

Materials include oak frame with dark brown stain; upholstered seat.
Reproduced by Cassina as part of the i Maestri Collection (but now discontinued). www.cassina.com

Dimensions of the 1:6 scale Ingram chairs (W/H/L):
Elongated chair: 78-mm/250-mm/78-mm
Standard height dining chair: 78-mm/158-mm/78-mm

miniature low and high Ingram chairs [1]
Last year, I had the great privilege of visiting Glasgow. While there, among other things, I visited the reconstructed Mackintosh House at the University of Glasgow. It was great to see Mackintosh’s furniture in the context of his architecture. 

I also had the opportunity to spend some time at the Glasgow School of Art where there is a small museum featuring many of Mackintosh’s chair designs; it was great to see them in full-scale.

Once again I am grateful to Gerard Dago Jové for allowing us to feature his hand-made miniature chairs on MiniatureChairMan. Many thanks Gerard. Check out Gerard’s blog: seualacadira.blogspot 
Charles Rennie Mackintosh's original design drawings for the Ingram chairs [2]

[1] photographs by Gerard Dago Jové from seualacadira.blogspot.com
[2] Original drawing part of the 
Hunterian Art Gallery
Hand-made miniature Eichenberger HE 9x9 chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Eichenberger HE 9x9 chair
Hans Eichenberger was born in 1926 in Grosshöchstetten, Switzerland. During his career, Eichenberger designed more than 35 chairs for Röthlisberger, Strässle Wogg, De Sede and Dietiker.  Eichenberger's designs are represented in various collections around the world including MoMA in New York, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the Museum of Design in Zurich.
miniature Eichenberger HE 9x9 chair [1]
Eichenberger’s HE 9X9 chair is assembled from more than 5 meters of 9x9 cm of fir or oak, fastened together at four identical joints with galvanised coach bolts and wing nuts. Slung across the frame is a seat of natural linen, much like a deck chair. 

The full-scale HE 9x9 chair was manufactured by Röthlisberger, Switzerland. www.roethlisberger.ch  
miniature Eichenberger HE 9x9 chair [1]
 Gerard was unable to replicate the wing nut detail from the original chair (see photograph below, bottom right) at 1:6 scale so he used wood dowels in a contrasting wood instead. Approximate dimensions of the 1:6 scale hand-made miniature
HE 9x9 chair: L/H/W:

Many thanks to Gerard Dago Jové, as always, for allowing us to feature his hand-made miniature chairs on MiniatureChairMan. Be sure to check out Gerard’s blog www.seualacadira.blogspot.com  
Double-click on images to enlarge

[1] all photographs by Gerard Dago Jove from seualacadira.blogspot.com
Hand-made miniature Giuseppe Terragni Novocomum table [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Terragni Novocomum table

The Novocomum building in Como was designed by Giuseppe Terragni from 1927 to 1929; he was 23 years old at the time of the commission.
top view - miniature Novocomum table [1]
Terragni designed all the furniture as well: chairs, armchairs and shelving, in addition to details such as handrails, doors, windows and shutters, staircases and bathrooms for the offices of the Federazione degli Agricoltori, in the Novocomum building. The shape of the circular coffee table mirrors the shape of the circular office at the corner of the building on the upper floors.

Materials include small oak burr veneer on a table with three shelves. Designed by Giuseppe Terragni for BD Barcelona Design. www.bdbarcelona.com

Dimensions of the 1:6 scale Novocomum table: 

(H/Dia): 100-mm/150-mm
Double-click on images to enlarge
The Novocomum table is another hand-made miniature by Gerard Dago Jové. I am grateful to Gerard for allowing us to feature his chairs (and tables) on MinaitureChairMan. Thanks Gerard.

Visit Gerard’s blog: seualacadira.blogspot

[1] All photographs by Gerard Dago Jové from seualacadira.blogspot
Miniature hand-made Terragni Follia chair [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Terragni Follia chair

In a career that spanned only 13 years, Italian rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni (1904-1943) created a small but remarkable collection of architectural and furniture designs
miniature Follia chair [1]
The Follia chair was designed by Terragni for his most celebrated work, Casa del Fascio (presently also known as Palazzo Terragni). Built in Como, northern Italy, in 1932 and completed in 1936, Casa del Fascia was designed in accordance with the International Style of architecture.

The outstanding feature of the
Follia is the supports made from steel bands and positioned between the square seat and the bent
laminated wood back.

We have previously featured this chair in an abbreviated format as part of the Dimensions of Design exhibition. According to Vitra Design Museum, it is called the Scagno chair; and apparently there are no extant Scagno chairs. Four undated sketches by the Italian architect survive but show different details in each sketch. A compromise version of the Scagno chair was manufactured by Zanotta, merging details from two sketches.
Double-click on images to enlarge
Materials include black painted wood seat and backrest with stainless steel springs supporting the backrest. Giuseppe Terragni died of tuberculosis in Como in 1943, aged 39. Manufactured posthumously in 1972 by Zanotta as the Follia chair. www.zanotta.it 

Dimensions of the 
1:6 scale Follia chair (L/H/W): 

miniature Follia chair is another hand-made chair by Gerard Dago Jové. Many thanks Gerard. 

Check out Gerard’s blog: seualacadira.blogspot

[1] All photographs are by Gerard Dago Jové from seualacadira.blogspot
Hand-made miniature Ceroli high-back chair from the Mobili nella Valle series [1]

Hand-made miniatures by Gerard Dago Jové

Miniature Ceroli Mobili nella Valle chair

miniature Ceroli high-back chair [1]
Mario Ceroli (b. 1938) is an Italian sculptor and designer. In the sixties, impressed by the Pop art through the works of Louise Nevelson and Joe Tilson, Ceroli began creating exaggerated objects made of wood. In 1967, he became involved in the experimental Arte Povera movement, which stressed openness toward materials, which Ceroli expressed in his use of unseasoned planks of wood.  Ceroli came to use the materials and forms that would characterize his later creations: silhouettes of uncomfortable, rigid and monolithic objects shaped in colourless wood, sometimes repeated in series.

Ceroli’s furniture explores the relationship between sculpture and its surroundings, as evident in his theatrical high-back chairs. According to Ceroli, "In my furniture there is a kind of relationship... the use of raw wood contributes to create this relationship... furniture for me is usable sculpture to be touched, to be used. The relationship to my furniture is this." 
miniature Ceroli high-back chair [1]
Mario Ceroli designed the full-scale Mobili nella Valle (Furniture in the Valley) sculptural high-back chair with mouse-hole base in 1972 as part of the Mobili nella Valle series. Other items included a wardrobe, a low-back chair and a table. 

All were made by Poltronova, Pistoia, Italy from 1972. Materials include cross cut unrefined Russian pine and usually sold in pairs, with a branded signature to side of each chair. Poltronova

Dimensions of the 1:6 scale Mobili nella Valle high-back chair (L/H/W): 81-mm/322-mm/98-mm

Many thanks, as always, to Gerard Dago Jové for kindly allowing us to feature his hand-made miniature Ceroli high-back chair on MiniatureChairMan.

Be sure to check out Gerard's blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.com   
Furniture in the Valley: full-scale high-back and low-back chairs & table [2]

[1] Photographs from seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photograph from Mirabili Galleria. Check out this website for an interesting overview of Ceroli's furniture designs from the Mobili nella  Valle series
miniature George Nelson Platform Bench (with wood base) [1]

Miniature Nelson Platform Bench (with wood base)

George Nelson (1908–1986) was an American industrial designer, architect, author, editor and teacher. While Director of Design for Herman Miller furniture company both Nelson and his design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc., designed much of the 20th century's most iconic modernist furniture.
miniature Platform Bench [1]
Introduced in 1946, the Nelson Platform Bench remains a landmark of modern design. Its clean, rectilinear lines reflect Nelson's architectural back-ground and his insistence on what he called "honest" design - making an honest visual statement about an object's purpose. Reminiscent of Japanese furniture, the Platform Bench can function both as a bench and a coffee table.

The Platform Bench was part of Nelson's first collection for Herman Miller. As presented in the 1948 Herman Miller furniture catalogue, the Platform Bench "is primarily a high base for deep and shallow cases, but it also serves as a low table for extra seating." The 1955 catalogue states that the bench "has proved to be one of the most flexible and useful units in the collection."
Detail - bench slats [1]
Materials include solid maple slats sealed with a clear-coat finish with ebonised finger-jointed wood base with metal levelling glides. The Platform Bench is available in three lengths - 48", 60" and 72" (1220-mm, 1525-mm, 1830-mm).

Dimensions of the 1:6 scale bench L/H/W: 203-mm/60-mm/78-mm 

Manufacturers of the full-scale Platform Bench: Herman Miller, Zealand, Michigan from 1946; and Vitra AG, Basel, Switzerland from 1958. 
This photograph is completely irrelevant to a post about miniature benches - however it's a cool picture of George Nelson (with friend) and I like it.....so there you are. [2]
Once again, many thanks to Gerard Dago Jové for allowing us to feature his hand-made miniatures on MiniatureChairMan. Be sure to visit Gerard’s blog: www.seualacadira.blogspot.co.uk  

[1] Photographs are by Gerard Dago Jové and taken from: seualacadira.blogspot
[2] Photograph from Herman Miller