Rare bench designed by Dom Hans van der Laan and executed by Jan de Jong for the Sint-Willibrorduskerk Almelo, 1964. This bench originates from the church that had mostly benches with steps at the back. Very few of those benches survived, and this one is unique. The bench is made from deal planks with trademark nails, painted in an olive green lacquer. The bench was designed in the proportions of the ‘Plastic number’ method, created by Dom Hans van der Laan. The church was built in 1964 and was one of the best examples of modernist churches of the era. It was demolished in 2005. The last pictures show the church before the demolition.
During the reconstruction period after WWII the Dutch architect Jan de Jong and Dom Hans van der Laan collaborated on several architectural projects including the interior furniture. They created an outstanding body of work defining the the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom van der Laan’s idealized concepts and ideas into pioneering buildings and spaces. They worked in such close collaboration however that it is difficult to discern the individual level of input into the furniture they designed. The artist Wim van Hoof worked with the two architects proposing different colour schemes for their projects. The original olive green surface visible on these tables derived from one of those schemes. Provenance: Sint-Willibrorduskerk Almelo, 1964.