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Original Domus Drawer by Michael Van Beuren

US$4,000

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We offer this rare an early original Domus drawer designed by Michael Van Beuren in pine wood with the characteristic green Van Beuren color, designed by the American Bauhaus designer, Michael Van Beuren in Mexico, circa 1950, this handmade, solid pine wood drawer was recently restored. About Michael Van Beuren: Michael Van Beuren (1911-2004) was born in New York and studied architecture at the Bauhaus under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Josef Albers until its closure in 1933. He moved to Acapulco at the end of 1936, where he oversaw the interiors of the bungalows at the renowned Flamingo Hotel in 1937, and quickly became a formative member of the Mexican Modernism movement. By 1938, Van Beuren began focusing on furniture design, working with a fellow Bauhaus colleague, Klaus Grabe, to create modern and affordable pieces. Inspired by the local culture and craftsmanship, the duo applied Bauhaus design principles to popular Mexican mainstays, such as woven reclining chaises and wooden dining chairs. Their approach was a success; the pair was one of the winners of a 1941 competition organized by MoMA targeting teams from Latin America called ‘Organic Design for Home Furnishings’, which catapulted them to wide regard. In the following years, Van Beuren founded his furniture label Domus, which became synonymous with well-crafted, modernist design that garnered fans both in Mexico and America. Along with his own designs, Domus also produced work by Clara Porset, a friend and contemporary of Van Beuren’s. However, by 1951, the company’s move towards more mass manufacturing meant that Van Beuren’s earlier designs were no longer being produced.

Details

  • Creator
    Van Beuren (Author)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Depth: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Mexico City, MX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4252224521492

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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