Martin Visser was born in 1922 in Papendrecht. He started his career as an architectural designer, a profession that was long engrained in his family roots. In addition to being a furniture designer, Martin had a passion for collecting art and was a self-proclaimed art-collector. Martin also designed furniture which was sold at the Dutch retailer De Bijenkorf as of 1947. Martin was employed by De Bijenkorf during this time and was later promoted to head of purchasing in 1954. Soon after, he departed to Bergeijk where he started working for the furniture manufacturer ’t Spectrum. This is where he created his most renowned designs. Now known as vintage furniture design classics.
Martin Visser lived in a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld
The art of his work lies in his minimalistic style. The villa in Bergeijk, where he spent the majority of his life, was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and later reconstructed by Aldo van Eyck. His hobby of collecting art, led to the discovery of Keith Haring, for whom he has been dubbed the discoverer.
In 1989, Martin Visser received the Theo Limperg award for his designs. In 1991, an exhibition of his work was held by The Centraal Museum in Utrecht. His entire collection was presented in the famous Kröller Müller museum. Martin passed away in his beloved home, at the age of 87.
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