Easy Chair, Sybold van Ravesteyn

Sybold van Ravesteyn 1889- 1983
Easy Chair with tubular steel frame and armrests 1935-1936.
H.P.Mutters&zoon, The Hague, The Netherlands ca. 1936


Easy Chair with tubular steel frame and black lacquered wooden armrests. Seating and back traditionally built with steel springs Interior. Upholstered with velours d’Utrecht a classic velvet-like fabric made of goats hair.

-Collection Jan Juffermans Utrecht
-Employee of the fire insurance company ‘ Tiel-Utrecht “, Utrecht, The Netherlands.



After the cool and abstract modernism of the 1920s, some modern designers and architects in the thirties designed unica and limited series again. These unique pieces or small series for a wealthy clientele were often executed in luxurious materials with an exclusive look . The armchairs designed by Sybold van Ravesteyn for insurance company ‘ Tiel-Utrecht ‘ and the Royal Yacht ‘ Piet Hein ‘ for the Dutch Princess Juliana, are fine examples of this development.



Because the easy chairs of Van Ravesteyn were only made for special projects in very limited numbers they are extremely rare and appear seldom on the market. Similar chairs origine from the same interior are part of the permanent collection of Museum ‘Boijmans van Beuningen’ in Rotterdam and the ‘Centraal Museum’ in Utrecht.




Kees Rouw, ‘Sybold van Ravesteyn’ Architect, Nai 010 Publishers, Rotterdam 2014, page 92,94,104.


Eva Besnyö/Hans Spies 1937, Chair in situ ‘Tiel Utrecht’
Photo from Collection ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ Rotterdam.


1937, same model easy-Chair in the cabin of the Royal Yacht ‘Piet Hein’ build for the Dutch Princess Juliana
Photo from Collection ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ Rotterdam.


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