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Jules Wabbes Illuminated Bookcase in Rosewood and Brass

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Jules Wabbes for Mobilier Universel, bookcase, in brass and rosewood, Belgium, 1960s   Rare wall unit designed by master furniture-maker Jules Wabbes. This exceptional piece could be used as a bookcase infront of a wall or a room divider. The stunning system provides a very open look due to the slim construction while it contains several shelves and closed compartments for storage which makes it a highly versatile item. The three compartments are illuminated. Due the brass strip on the front they will create a marvellous golden glow upon the cabinet. The cabinets are veneered with beautiful rosewood, with black panels on the back. Storage compartments with doors have black coated fronts and are executed in the same luxurious rosewood on the inside, including the shelves. The cabinet is crafted with high attention for details, such as the wooden joints of the compartments.  The brass frame has an all-over patina which contributes to the unique character of this exceptional piece. If admired the brass could easily be restored into shimmering gold colored. Jules Wabbes (1919-1974) was a Belgian furniture designer, architect and professor. He wasn't (as many of his contemporaries) trained as a designer or architect but learned the Craft of designer furniture by sheer necessity. When Wabbes was 24, he opened an antiques shop where some of the furniture was in need of restoration. Therefore, he opened a small workshop where he taught himself how to restore furniture. Alongside restoration he also started to design furniture. His work is aristocratic and modest, and characterised by a sensual use of materials and a clear, almost architectural tectonics. Wabbes developed a line and idiom of its own, averse to the playful and swinging style of many other furniture designs of the postwar period. Wabbes, influenced by American designers such as Edward Wormley, chose to build his furniture with solid wood giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics. VAT within the EU: When buying or delivering an item within the EU, VAT usually applies and will be added.

Details

  • Creator
    Jules Wabbes (Designer),Mobilier Universel (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 90.56 in. (230 cm)Width: 113.39 in. (288 cm)Depth: 16.34 in. (41.5 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very highquality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450033851stDibs: LU933121301702

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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