Furniture in glass and steel









Photos: Mathieu van Ek

Furniture in glass and steel

Twenty years ago, architect Cees Dam presented a series of tables and desks made of glass and steel designed to his specifications. The furniture was presented in an exhibition held in the Rietveld Dome that Dam had restored for Metz & Co. in Amsterdam. These handcrafted pieces of furniture found their way into homes and offices, including the city halls of Almere and Amsterdam. Throughout the years the demand for these tables with their metal support systems and double glass table tops has remained high. Cees Dam thus decided to expand the series by designing five new models in the same style: a coffee table, an étagère, two different side tables and a wall unit.

Cees Dam works according to the philosophy that architecture and interior design should be seen as inseparable entities. He is fascinated by the relationship between the large scale of a building and the detailing of an element of furniture such as a tabletop. In addition to his large, controversial projects such as the City Hall – Music Hall in Amsterdam and the Central Tax Office in Rotterdam, Cees Dam has also been designing interior spaces, furniture, dinnerware, fittings and glass objects for more than forty years. His glass tables reflect his interest in detail and traditional craftsmanship, in size and scale, and in convenience. Characteristic of these tables is the double effect seen both in their proportions and in their double glass table tops. This aspect is carried through into his new designs. The result is an ensemble of furniture displaying a strong sense of coherence.

The design embodies the essence of Cees’ vision on architecture and art in its purest form, with its geometry, its proportions in which everything is perfect. The length is twice the width, on the long side the two T-shaped undercarriages are at the same distance from each other as the length of the side, and the two undercarriages have half the length of the side and together they form a quarter and their corners another eighth of the table surface.

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