Gelderland was founded in 1936 in The Netherlands in the city of Culemborg by Oberman. Known for groundbreaking design, first-class quality and a strong emphasis on comfort. To this day the company is still known for these same qualities.
In the post war period aside from experimental furniture pieces there were also pieces manufactured from the pre-war period. Slowly but surely the designs were adjusted, wicker became a popular item in design. In the 1950s Gelderland started to make their own collection with character and style. Gelderland was very successful with their 4 in 1 chair which could be used as an office chair, reading chair, easy chair and lounge chair because of it’s different positions. In 1952 Gelderland worked together with the designer Rob Parry to create the easy chair and it was a real success. Rob Parry was born in 1952 in The Hague en there he studied at The Royal Academy of Art for fine arts. His biggest influences were Cor Alons, Paul Schuitema, and Gerrit Rietveld.
The well known styles by Gelderland
Between 1952 and 1972 there were several diverse versions and styles of the lounge chair brought onto the market. The real success in this item was the ability to remove the cover from the cushions and wash it, this was a true innovation during that time period. These models were initially made with plastic springs which were later replaced by rubber webbing. It has been estimated that Gelderland has sold over 64.000 of the 1611 lounge chairs.
In 1954 Gelderland produced their first steel chairs and sofas, but because of the perception of steel giving off a cold mood, many were made with both wood and steel. Later on there ended up being a higher demand for steel furniture pieces leading to the development of a metal department within Gelderland.
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The Janus, Triangle, and Doublet sofas were the first styles with simple and clean lines. Later on the Lotus sofa became more popular than the Doublet sofa because of it’s sleek look. Other popular sofas were the Telerest chair and the Zig-zag sofa.
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