During the years between the two world wars a luxurious and modern style of design emerged that was termed the 'Hague School'. The style featured architectural forms, with the straight-sided, Cubist shapes of the furniture directly echoing those of contemporary buildings. Important influences included Berlage's idealism, traditional arts and crafts, the interiors of Frank Lloyd Wright and the avant-garde ideas of De Stijl. The result was a modern, commercial style of design. Art Deco in The Hague - Interior design in The Hague during the interwar years occupies eleven rooms and shows some of the finest furniture and interiors of this period in The Hague.
The items exhibited range from the costly and luxurious furniture and suites of Henk Wouda and Frits Spanjaard to simple oak furniture produced by C. Alons and J.C. Jansen for a broader market. The exhibition sheds light on themes such as the role of the avant-garde, idealism and commerce, and the rise of the furniture showroom. The Gemeentemuseum will be showing for the first time to a broad public a number of complete suites designed by Jan Wils, Jan Lecointre, Bas van Pelt, Fer Semey and Henk Wouda.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication De Haagse Stijl. Art deco in Nederland, in which design historian Timo de Rijk, curator of the exhibition, discusses the major Dutch commercial interior and product designs of this period. The book is published by 010 Publishers, contains of 192 pages, is written in Dutch and is available for € 39.50. For more information: www.010publishers.nl