• manufacturer/type:

‘t Spectrum, from the TZ series

• designer, year:

Martin Visser & Jos Manders, 1958

• material:
wenge wood with formica top

• measurements:

36cm high x 155cm lenght x 55cm width

• condition:

nice vintage condition, with minor usermarks.

• background:

Sober shaped and minimalistic designed coffee table. 

• literature:
Jojanneke Clarijs

’t Spectrum

page 77

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M270: ‘t Spectrum TZ coffee table, designed by Martin Visser & Jos Manders

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Martin Visser (1922 - 2009) studied Civil Engineering at Technical School. Later he worked as an architectural draughtsman, designing his first furniture for a friend. He worked in the furniture department in De Bijenkorf, the famed department store in Amsterdam. Through his work for De Bijenkorf, Visser came into contact with De Ploeg Weavers and ‘t Spectrum, and was asked by Spectrum to work for them as designer and head of collection in 1954.
Since the end of the ‘fifties, Martin Visser’s functional design approach has determined the look of the Spectrum collection. Developments in his furniture designs then ran parallel with the spirit of the collection.Visser has a strong preference for craft-built furniture. Many of his designs have an industrial style, but are usually craft made.
In the period 1978-1983, Visser was Head Curator of modern art at the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.
As well as all these activities, Visser is building an important private collection of modern art. Martin Visser’s career was crowned in December 1998 with the oeuvre prize for design. (source: www.spectrumdesign.nl)