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Anniversary Edition BR 02 sofa bed

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Anniversary edition BR 02 sofa bed

The most famous design classic by Martin Visser is of course his BR 02 sofa bed; the design has been the eye-catcher of our collection since 1960. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the sofa, we present an anniversary edition with a vintage look in a luxurious fabric.

This year, under the name Tribute to Visser, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the furniture collection that leading designer Martin Visser (1922-2009) created for Spectrum in 1960. Visser’s collection produced many design classics, the BR 02 sofa bed being the best known. The sofa has remained in production ever since and is still the backbone of our collection. To celebrate this design icon’s six decades, we are releasing an anniversary edition!

The anniversary edition in olive green (Moss 003) with a arm rest in cream white (Moss 018)

Just like the regular version of the BR 02, the jubilee edition of the sofa can of course be transformed into a one-person sleeping area in no time at all. To give the anniversary sofa a rich and vintage look, we have chosen the Moss fabric from the Sahco collection, designed by Belgian architect/designer Vincent van Duysen. He developed this luxurious fabric by working with a mix of chenille and twisted yarn. The soft touch and rich material gives the sofa a modern vintage look. Click here for an overview the Moss fabric’s 22 colours; all these colours are available for the BR 02 anniversary edition.

This limited edition BR 02 anniversary sofa is made in a 60-piece edition. Each copy is numbered and provided with a certificate. In addition, you will receive two admission tickets to the Centraal Museum, where the exhibition ‘The eye-opening sofa bed’ will be on display until 31 October 2020.

The anniversary sofa comes with a chrome or black epoxy frame and with or without armrest. If you are interested and would like to receive a fabric sample of the sofa and/or armrest, please fill in the form below. This special edition BR 02 sofa bed is available through our (online) points of sale.

Request fabric sample anniversary sofa bed

We will be happy to send you a fabric sample of the anniversary sofa so that you can determine at home whether the sofa fits your interior. Please indicate below which fabric sample(s) you would like to receive and fill in your details so we can send you the samples as soon as possible.

Tribute to Visser: Well-known Dutch designers pay tribute to Martin Visser

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Tribute to Visser:
Well-known Dutch designers pay tribute to Martin Visser

Jan des Bouvrie, Richard Hutten, Carolina Wilcke & Reinier Bosch, Piet Hein Eek, Kiki van Eijk, Marcel Wanders and Sabine Marcelis honour Martin Visser’s oeuvre. ‘Tribute to Visser’ from 14 March 2020 at Spectrum and Centraal Museum Utrecht.

This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the furniture collection that leading Dutch designer Martin Visser (1922-2009) created for Spectrum in 1960. Visser’s collection produced many design classics, including the famous BR 02 sofa bed. To honour his contribution to design history, well-known contemporary Dutch designers pay tribute to his work. Jan des Bouvrie, Richard Hutten, Carolina Wilcke & Reinier Bosch, Piet Hein Eek, Kiki van Eijk, Marcel Wanders and Sabine Marcelis created new designs, inspired by a Visser piece of furniture. The result is ‘Tribute to Visser’. The designs, along with the original work of Martin Visser, can be seen from 14 March at the exhibition ‘The eye-opening sofa bed’ in the Centraal Museum Utrecht.

Martin Visser & Spectrum
In the 1950s Martin Visser becomes head of Spectrum’s design department. As one of the best-known Dutch designers, he connects other important designers to the furniture brand, including Friso Kramer, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Benno Premsela and Gerrit Rietveld. The furniture collection that Visser designed for the brand in 1960, with the BR 02 sofa bed as its best-known icon, turned out to be a big hit. The sofa bed became a true design classic and, like many of Visser’s other popular designs, is still in production at Spectrum.

An ode to famous designers
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Visser’s most famous designs, Dutch designers pay tribute to his work under the name ‘Tribute to Visser’. Jan des Bouvrie, Richard Hutten, Carolina Wilcke & Reinier Bosch, Piet Hein Eek, Kiki van Eijk, Marcel Wanders and Sabine Marcelis made a new design piece, inspired by a Visser piece of furniture. Sabine Marcelis’ contribution, the SE 69 SOAP Edition, was already introduced for the occasion in January at Galerie Eenwerk in Amsterdam.

Exhibition in the Centraal Museum Utrecht
The exhibition ‘The eye-opening sofa bed’ the Centraal Museum in Utrecht showcases the results of the designers along with the original furniture by Martin Visser. Previous work from the participating designers will also be on display. The objects are accompanied by modern art from the Centraal Museum’s collection of artists whose work Visser collected. During his lifetime, Visser built up an important private collection of contemporary art. He collected work by Cobra from an early age; later on his collection focussed on minimal art and conceptual art by artists such as Christo, Daan van Golden and Jan Schoonhoven.

Download here the press release ‘Tribute to Visser’.

Soon more about the participating designers and their tribute to Martin Visser!

Soap Edition SE 69 by Sabine Marcelis 18-25 January in Gallery Eenwerk

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Soap Edition SE 69 by Sabine Marcelis 18-25 January in Gallery Eenwerk

This year it’s been 60 years since Spectrum introduced the first large Martin Visser collection. His designs formed the basis for our DNA and are still in collection.

To celebrate this, we asked seven Dutch designers to pay tribute to Visser’s work.

The kick off of this special project will take place this week with the interpretation of designer Sabine Marcelis. She transformed the comfortable chair SE 69 designed in 1960, into a true piece of art. This SE 69 SOAP EDITION is released in a Limited Edition of 25 pieces.

Sabine Marcelis’ career is developing in a dazzling speed. In 2019 she won the prestigious Design Prize as Newcommer of the year and the Elle Deco International Design Award for Young designer of the year. She works together with fashion houses Fendi and Givenchy. At this moment she has a solo exhibition in the Barcelona pavilion of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Recently she was appointed as Ambassador of the upcoming edition of the Dutch Design week in Eindhoven and started 2020 with winning the Wallpaper* Designer of the year 2020 award. They honoured her for widening the spectrum of what light, glass and resin can do!

We are very proud to open her exhibition in Amsterdam on 18 January at 16 h. You are very welcome to attend this opening. We would appreciate hearing from you then.

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The exhibition will be shown from 18-25 January in

Galerie Eenwerk
Koninginneweg 174
1075 EH Amsterdam

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The SE 69 Soap Edition is the first of 7 designs, which are part of the exhibition “The eye-opening sofa bed – Seven designers respond to Martin Visser’s classics”. This exhibition is shown from 14 March 2020 on, in the Centraal Museum Utrecht. The other designers, making a tribute to Martin Visser are Marcel Wanders, Jan des Bouvrie, Carolina Wilcke & Reinier Bosch, Piet Hein Eek, Kiki van Eijk en Richard Hutten.

More information: https://www.centraalmuseum.nl/nl/tentoonstellingen/martin-visser

Salone del Mobile: THE MUSEUM

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Salone del Mobile: THE MUSEUM

The architects of Space Encounters present ‘THE MUSEUM’ during the Salone del Mobile at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan. Gerrit Rietveld’s New Amsterdam will make its international debut in this exceptional setting. The Museum gives you the opportunity to meet the quality and potential of the Dutch creative industry within a single experience.

We welcome you during the Milan Design Week!

Date: 9-14 april Location: Palazzo Clerici Address: Via Clerici 5, 20121 Milaan

Gerrit Rietveld designed the New Amsterdam armchair in 1937, for the ‘New Amsterdam’ steamship. This Holland America Line flagship made its first trip to New York on 10 May 1938. The chair was part of a complete interior design that Rietveld made for a first-class cabin.

Want to know more about the New Amsterdam? Click here.