'Copal' Credenza in Panga Panga by Kho Liang le & Wim Crouwel for Fristho, 1960 For Sale
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'Copal' Credenza in Panga Panga by Kho Liang le & Wim Crouwel for Fristho, 1960


Ultra rare exceptional piece of Dutch modernism design produced by Fristho and distributed by Arflex in Europe. Designed by 2 great pioneers of design in Holland namely Kho Liang Ie and Wim Crouwel in the early days of Dutch modernism. This fantastic sideboard has some very nice details The exotic African Panga Panga veneered wood combined with the brass legs gives this credenza a luxurious look. Hidden handles are finished off with a white formica. Recently fully refurbished by a professional restorer/woodworker. Fristho credenza's where also distributed by Arflex in Italy during the early 1960s. The credenza is published in the Fristho book page 60. Kho Liang Ie. Born in 1927 in Magelang, Indonesia, of Chinese Parents, Kho Liang Ie came to the Netherlands in about 1949 where he trained as an interior designer and designer at the Rietveld Academy. In 1958, he was appointed aesthetic consultant and designer at Artifort. His contribution shifted Artifort’s focus to the top of the international market. Kho Liang Ie attracted foreign designers such as Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt, which has made his influence noticeable right up to the present day. As an interior designer, Kho Liang Ie made his name with his design for Schiphol Airport in the nineteen-sixties. His work reflects purity, warmth and freedom. Kho Liang Ie died on 1st January 1975. Wim Crouwel AGI Membership – 1957 / International President 1980-1983. Studied fine art (1946-49) at the Academy Minerva in Groningen. Joined an exhibition design firm (1962) where he gained his first experience in graphic design. Inspired by Swiss design, he started a freelance practice in Amsterdam (1964). In 1956 Crouwel set up a studio with industrial designer Kho Liang Ie; they collaborated on 3D and graphic design projects. He experimented with letterforms, graphic systems and a rigorous examination of the grid. During the 50s he met with leading Swiss colleagues and witnessed the emerging International Style. Became the first general secretary of Icograda (1963). In that year with Benno Wissing, Friso Kramer and the Schwarz brothers he founded the first multi-disciplinary Dutch design group, Total Design, which was to become a dominant force in the Netherlands. He designed the standard Dutch postage stamps and produced extensive work for the Stedelijk Museum (1964-85). Wim extended the grid to become a matrix within which he constructed his New Alphabet. At Delft University Crouwel became a part-time professor (1972) and, after leaving Total Design (1980), a full-time professor. Was appointed director of Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1985). He received the British OBE, is a RDI, Knight of the Dutch Lion, Officer of Orange Nassau. Received the Oeuvre Award 2004 from the Dutch Fund for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture.


  • Condition Details
    Very nice refurbished condition with minor wear consistent with age and use
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 30.32 in. x W 71.46 in. x D 17.33 in.H 77 cm x W 181.5 cm x D 44 cm
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
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