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Made to Measure: UMS Pastoe and Cees Braakman: 1949-68

21 May - 30 August 2000

Designer: Cees Braakman

Working closely with the UMS-Pastoe archives, R presents a comprehensive look at Cees Braakman's career in this pioneering company. The exhibition features rare archival material, a full line of furniture and a full color catalogue.

During the 1950s Braakman's designs were supported and promoted by the 'Stichting Goed Wonen,' (Good Living Foundation), a group devoted to bringing manufacturers, designers, consumers and store owners together to create a shared aesthetic and, hopefully, improve the standard of living. The Foundation published a magazine in which Pastoe furniture was lauded repeatedly for its stylish and efficient modern designs.

Braakman's furniture series were elegant solutions to storage problems, tailored to fit in a small living space. The 1959/60 Pastoe catalogue outlined the "basic features of his [Braakman's] design" as "a sense of proportion, a taste for clean lines with an accent on first class materials.


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