Counterpoint Dresser

Photo: www.modernlove20.com

Perhaps this might fall in the Not Canadian category…. but there is a Canadian connection. Raised in rural Manitoba, John van Koert rose to fame as a prominent New York designer, first creating jewelry for Harry Winston, flatware for Towle, and then a premium furniture series for Drexel. He is widely credited as having introduced Scandinavian modernism to the American market, when in 1954 he became exhibition director of ‘Design in Scandinavia,’ a 3 year exhibit that travelled to venues across the United States.

This dresser is from Drexel’s Counterpoint series. Fine details such as solid brass teardrop drawerpulls recessed within saucer shaped cups, denote the refined vernacular typical of Koert’s work.

-Roan J. Barrion

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