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Cees Braakman

In 1948, young designer Cees Braakman took the reins at iconic Dutch manufacturer, Pastoe. He stayed with the company for 30 years and the pieces they produced together play a huge part in defining what we now know to be Dutch Modernism.

One year before taking on the lead role at Pastoe, Braakman visited the United States to gain an insight into American manufacturing techniques and processes. Here, he fell in love with the work of Charles and Ray Eames (in particular, their curved plywood furniture), and the Herman Miller Company. The influence these figures had on Braakman’s approach is tangible; soon after returning to The Netherlands, he designed Pastoe’s first line of modern furniture and convinced Pastoe to explore similar production methods. Braakman’s following collections were marked by clean lines and a sense of proportion tailored to smaller living spaces seen throughout The Netherlands.

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