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Note: This coatrack was exhibited at the ''From the Guggenheim collection to the Cobra Museum Amstelveen'' exhibition until August 2014. More information check This is the highly sought, earliest production variant, of the first edition of the famous 1954 noteladder coatrack by Dutch designer Coen de Vries. The very first batches of this design were supplied with one piece colored bent wire coat hooks rather than the solid punched sheet steel hooks which followed on the later examples of the first edition. Please see image 2 from an original period advert from the March 1955 issue of 'Goed Wonen' which documents this very early version with the original bent wire hooks. The first edition was produced by De Vries' own atelier Devo in very small numbers. This early DEVO edition is also distinguished by the use of small diameter round profile tubes which form the ladder structure , a later and far more common chunky square profile version, made of bent and welded sheet metal,was produced on an industrial scale by the company Pilastro, although still a very nice design the later Pilastro edition had lost some of the delicate beauty of the original resulting in the early form commanding a significant premium. De Vries' designs where highly praised by the Goed Wonen design movement in the Netherlands that had set out bring modernity to the Dutch interiors in the 1950's LITERATURE : 'Goed Wonen' design magazine, The Netherlands, issue March 1955 (original DEVO advert), see IMAGE 2 This first edition is also published in the classic book on dutch design "HOLLAND IN VORM" in the chapter, Design for the interior, page 145, figure 229.


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 78.15 in. x W 29.14 in. x D 11.42 in.H 198.5 cm x W 74 cm x D 29 cm
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    314 Coen de Vries 1st edition coatrack
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