Niederländischer Couchtisch von Elmar Berkovich für Metz & Co., 1930er

2 200.00 EUR
This coffee table was designed by Elmar Berkovich, circa 1930, and was manufactured by Metz and Co. in the Netherlands, circa 1935. The piece features tubular legs, a wooden shelf, and a thick glass top. The table is in a good vintage condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a patina, and featuring a few areas of damage to the glass. Berkovich (1897-1986) was an interior architect and furniture maker, who created designs for the well-to-do clients of Metz & Co., as well as for the labourers of the Philips factories. On 2nd December, Stichting BONAS published a monograph on Berkovich, opening up the first inventory of his designs ever. Interest in him dwindled later, as art historians shifted their attention to innovators, such as the artists of De Stijl, though he remained modern, yet had an eye for the beauty of tradition and crafts. After 1947, when he started working at Philips in Eindhoven, he was given the opportunity to go in a different direction. Ahead of the standards of his day, his colour schemes for working environments and factory canteens may not have been unique, but they were certainly radical and groundbreaking.