Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen

Theresienstraße 60, Munich, Germany D-80333
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Since its foundation in 1998, Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH presents Applied Art, Design and Modern Art from the period 1880 to the present. The history of the art shop dates back to 1956, when Ellen Piper Quittenbaum, the mother of today's managing director Askan Quittenbaum, opened a gallery for African art in Düsseldorf. In 1968 she founded a gallery for jewelry, Art Nouveau glass and antiques in Hamburg. Askan Quittenbaum entered the business in 1992, and together they led the gallery Quittenbaum in Hamburg-Blankenese, focussing on Art Déco, design and Murano glass. In 1998, the compan...Read More
y headquarters moved to Munich, and the first Art Nouveau auction was held on May 11, 1998.Read Less

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    Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 Turns 80

    Read about Alvar Aalto's versatile and popular piece of furniture, the Stool 60. The simple and stackable Stool 60 celebrated its 80th anniversary in production in 2013, a true testament to its straightforward yet pleasing design. Created by the designer and architect Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898–1976) in the early 1930s, the Stool 60 was an experiment in Functionalism and the International Style, design movements that emphasized a minimalist, utilitarian, and efficient aesthetic. The three-legged stool was constructed out of bent wood, varying from the popular tubular steel used by many of Aalto’s contemporaries. The result was a durable and practical stool that would go on to sell millions of copies over its 80-year production. Alvar Aalto, Hocker 60, 1932–1933, lacquered plywood, sold at Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen München, Munich, Germany The stools have been produced by Artek, a firm Aalto co-founded in Finland along with his wife, Aino Aalto (Finnish, 1894–1949), Maire Gullichsen (Finnish, 1907–1990), and Nils-Gustav Hahl. To mark this anniversary, Artek presented special editions of the Stool 60, including a series by the German art director and artist Mike Meiré. Meiré’s edition does not alter the classic form, but plays with its appearance, painting the surface in colors reminiscent of those used in Aalto’s building, the Paimio Sanatorium (1928–1933), in Finland. Whether stacked away in the corner or in use as an impromptu table, the simplicity and versatility of Aalto’s product have given his design an eternal presence in the design world. Alvar Aalto, Hocker 60 (set of 7), 1932–1933, plywood, lacquer, sold at Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen München, Munich, Germany