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Salesman's Sample Furniture Set, post-war Czechoslovak Bauhaus by Jindřich Halabala

Salesman's Sample Furniture Set, post-war Czechoslovak Bauhaus by Jindřich Halabala, (1903-78) Brno, (then) Czechoslovakia: A rare complete set: chrome pipes create the foundation of the furniture and they are upholstered with red leather and yellow piping. The accessory pieces are of Bakelite. The set includes a sofa, two arm chairs, a coffee table, and often missing - the exceedingly delicate lamp with a cream colored, pleated lampshade. Created by Halabala for United Arts and Crafts Manufacture (UP) in Brno, this was one of many attempts to perfect his lifelong obsession with cantilevered furniture, his bent wood chair being his most desired piece. Bauhaus lived on in the East: Dessau fell behind the Iron Curtain. The ideals of modernism found their happy home in the East, further inspired by Soviet Anti-Conformist, Abstractionist Art blended with Czechoslovakian Functionalism. The perfect match of Czech intolerance for the imposition of foreign ideals and a continuation of the so-called deviance of Bauhaus. Beyond the seemingly barren concrete, prefabricated slab architecture of the DDR and the Eastern Bloc, beauty and design flourished and developed, in spite of it all. The sofa measures 9 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 5 inches and weighs 1 lb 5 3/4 oz; the chairs measure 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 5/8 inches and weigh 10 oz each; the coffee table measures 3 x 5 5/8 inches and weighs 6 3/4 oz; and the lamp measures 9 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches and weighs 4 3/4 oz. (Then) Czechoslovakia, c.1950s.


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