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Martin Visser’s SZ 63 armchair back in the collection!

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Martin Visser’s SZ 63 armchair back in the collection!

True classics are timeless, as is the iconic SZ 63 armchair by Martin Visser. In 1960, Visser made this design for our collection as Spectrum’s leading designer and art director. And now, 60 years later, this characteristic chair is back!

The SZ 63 chair is a typical Martin Visser design, with its minimalist and clean lines. A personification of his ‘Form Follows Function’ design philosophy. We are proud to bring back a classic like this to our collection.

A CLASSIC FROM A LEADING DESIGNER

In 1954 Spectrum, then based in Bergeijk, asked Martin Visser to head its design department. It turned out to be a golden move. Visser’s innovative ideas and his inquisitive open mind not only gave Spectrum a new face. They also led to high-profile Dutch design classics that are still being produced today. The BR 02 sofa bed is Visser’s most famous design. In addition, the SZ 01 and SZ 02 armchairs, SE 05, SE 06, SE 07 and SE 69 dining chairs and TE 06 dining table have always been available. And now, 60 years after its launch, we’re once again including the SZ 63 in our collection!

Original SZ 63 armchair from the 1960s
Designer Martin Visser (1922-2009)

In the 1950s, art director Martin Visser introduced ‘Form Follows Function’ as a guiding principle for his designs and the composition of the Spectrum collection. He wanted to make accessible furniture with as few and simple materials and shapes as possible. During his 20 years as head designer, Visser introduced big names to Spectrum. Gerrit Rietveld, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Kho Liang Ie and Benno Premsela, among others, designed furniture for the collection.

CHARACTERISTICS AND UPHOLSTERY

The SZ 63 has a square frame in epoxy black with solid wenge armrests. For the upholstery, you can choose from various types of leather and fabrics. Like the other designs in our collection, the SZ 63 is produced in the Netherlands with sustainable materials and according to the highest production standards.

SZ 63 armchair (69 x 78 x 72 cm WxDxH)

MORE INFORMATION OR VIEWING THE SZ 63?

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    Paperback wallsystem: an ode to books

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    Paperback wallsystem: an ode to books

    The Paperback wallsystem is a bestseller in our collection for more than 10 years. A design that takes up minimal space and at the same time has a striking appearance. As a single piece, together with others or even filling the wall, Paperback pays tribute to the book in every room!

    Paperback was designed in 2009 by Eric Sloot and Paulien Berendsen from Studio Parade and is still one of their most loved pieces of furniture: “Paperback is pure, playful and designed out of love for books. The design serves the content.”

    Colous and variations

    The modular wall system Paperback is available in two colors: white (RAL 9010) and anthracite (RAL 7024). The widths are 30 cm, 60 cm and 120 cm. Paperback is always 60 cm high and can perfectly be piled up horizontal or vertically. The backboard is attached to the wall with four screws, after which the 13 shelves are slid in. Three shelves have a “tab” that can accommodate larger books or magazines. The shelves are impact, wear and scratch resistant and made of a durable Trespa with a high load-bearing capacity.

    Interior inspiration

    To give you an idea of the application possibilities of the Paperback in the interior, we show you a number of references here. For example, the Paperback as a complete wall unit, stacked horizontally and vertically. Or as a sideboard, with several pieces next to each other.

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      Extension Tangled Series of Carolina Wilcke

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      Extension Tangled Series of Carolina Wilcke

      The Tangled series that Carolina Wilcke designed for our collection has been a success for years. To make the series suitable for a wider range of interiors, we have expanded the series with a square coffee table, plus, the coffee table and sideboard are now also available in the colour taupe.

      With the pure and graphic interplay of lines, designer Carolina Wilcke combines elegance and functionality in her furniture. The fact that Carolina is a goldsmith as well as a designer is clearly visible in the refined details of the characteristic Tangled series. We are expanding the series, consisting of a coffee tablecabinetshow case and side table, so that Carolina’s Tangled designs can be combined even better with different styles and interiors.

      New product: Tangled Square

      The Tangled coffee table already came in two different sizes: size M (130 x 60 x 38 cm) and size L (160 x 74 x 38 cm). We are now adding the Tangled Square, a square coffee table measuring 130 x 130 x 37 cm. Ideal for use as a coffee table in a spacious sitting area, for example in combination with a large corner sofa. This square version, in contrast to the rectangular versions, has no movable part. All versions of the coffee tables can be executed in clear or smoke glass. In addition, a dark smoked oak veneer top is available for the middle and/or lower tableau. The frame is lacquered in matt black or in the new colour taupe.

      Tangled Square coffee table (130 x 130 cm)

      NEW COLOUR: IN ADDITION TO MATT BLACK NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN TAUPE

      To make the Tangled coffee tables and the Tangled sideboard suitable for almost every interior style, we have added a new colour to the steel frame. In addition to black (RAL 9005), the epoxy frame is now also available in taupe (RAL 7006). There is also a choice of black or brass coloured screws.

      Tangled with taupe epoxy frame

      Taupe frame with black screws

      BLACK OR BRASS SCREWS

      The entire Tangled series comes standard with black screws. On request both the black and taupe coloured frame can now also be finished with brass screws. This applies to all products in the Tangled series.

      Tangled Cabinet with brass screws
      Tangled Cabinet with black screws

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        Soon in the collection: Piet Hein Eek’s ode to Martin Visser

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        Soon in the collection: Piet Hein Eek’s ode to Martin Visser

        Piet Hein Eek has designed an distinctive armchair with round shapes, as an ode to his friend and designer Martin Visser (Spectrum art director in the 50s and 60s). The result, the MVPHE armchair, is now available in our collection as a First Edition!

        Piet Hein Eek’s tribute to Martin Visser was already on display the last few months at the Centraal Museum Utrecht, as part of Tribute to Visser. Eek’s MVPHE armchair will be included in our collection as a 30 piece-First Edition, and can now be pre-ordered. Each copy is numbered and provided with a certificate. The armchair is upholstered in the woolen fabric Tonus from Kvadrat and you can choose from 3 colours: Tonus 131, Tonus 129 en Tonus 615.

        Tonus 131
        Tonus 129
        Tonus 615

        MVPHE – Piet Hein Eek

        The compact and voluptuous design of the MVPHE (Martin Visser & Piet Hein Eek’s initials) does not directly suggest it was inspired by Visser’s form-follows-function imagery. Nevertheless, Piet Hein Eek’s starting point, the SZ 73 armchair from 1968, is clearly reflected in his design. Piet Hein Eek: “When I saw the SZ 73 I immediately knew: I’m going to do something with it. I can make an archetypal ‘late’ Martin Visser with it. I took the way the armrest sits on the woodwork as a starting point, but I enlarged various elements. This way I transformed a 1968 model into my own design style”.

        MVPHE armchair in Tonus 615
        Detail of the MVPHE in Tonus 129
        Design drawing by Piet Hein Eek (2020)

        SZ 73 – Martin Visser

        When designing the SZ 73 in 1968, Visser was clearly carried away by the zeitgeist. The construction of the SZ 73 is clearly inspired by Gerrit Rietveld’s crate chair (1934). However, its exuberant upholstery almost completely obscures its view.

        As with most Spectrum models of the time, the SZ 73 was developed as a series, allowing the buyer to design his room with a sofa in the same style (BZ 73-75).

        SZ 73 by Martin Visser (1968)

        MVPHE FIRST EDITION NOW AVAILABLE AS A PRE-ORDER

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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.