Jindrich HALABALA (1903-1978): Pair of 1930's modernist armchairs H-269 model

 

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Jindrich HALABALA (1903-1978) designer & UP Zavody Brno editor : Pair of beautiful H-269 modernist armchairs in varnished bent beech-wood, hand-made varnish ('French polish') redone, back and seat redone and re-upholstered with a beige fabric 'Brume' by Jim THOMPSON.

Circa 1936

Height of the back : 73,5 cm - 29 in
Height of the seat : 40 cm - 15 3/4 in
Total width : 73,5 cm - 29 in
Width of the seat : 56/50 cm - 22/19 3/4 in
Total depth : 87 cm - 34 1/4 in
Depth of the seat : 58 cm - 22 3/4 in

Exhibition

Brno Museum - Slovakia.

Bibliography

Coll. : Jindrich HALABALA. ERA/Brno Museum. 2003. Model H-269, reproduced on p.111.

Jindrich HALABALA (1903-1978) Jindrich HALABALA (1903 Korycany, Moravia - 1978 Brno, Czechoslovakia)
Jindrich Halabala helped create a new mass-market approach to home design and furnishing in Czechoslovakia in the interwar period and after the Second World War. He believed furniture could and should be well-finished, fully functional, modular, mobile and widely affordable.
As chief designer of the large Brno-based furniture producer United Arts and Crafts Manufacture (UP), he significantly influenced its manufacturing programme from the 1930s on – pioneering the industrial manufacture of furniture in Czechoslovakia. He developed two fundamental series of modular furniture: lines H and E, and many types of wooden seating. He also designed innovative tubular steel furniture, produced in UP's Hodonín branch.
As well as developing a modern approach to promotion of furniture, using life-like interiors that he photographed himself for UP publicity materials, he was also active as a theoretician. He regularly contributed to specialist journals and the general press, lectured at vocational secondary schools and colleges and later, as chairman of the furniture manufacturers' association, played a major part in the reshaping of the Czech furniture industry.
Furniture with the UP mark or individual pieces of furniture attributable to Jindrich Halabala are much sought after today. Apart from cupboards, tables and small armchairs, the greatest demand is for Halabala's reclinable bent wood armchair (several variants with different systems for reclining), writing desks and dining-room chairs with a high, spreading back. Halabala's unique tubular chairs with a two-way cantilever or a loop armrest are top collectors' pieces but hardly ever reach the market as they were originally produced in very limited quantities. Some of his models have been re-edited by Modernista (see: www.modernista.cz)
Halabala's designs can be seen in the permanent collections of Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, Moravská galerie, Brno and the Olomouc Museum of Art, and have recently been on show in an exhibition commemorating Halabala's centenary that has toured major cities of the Czech Republic (see: www.spilberk.cz)

Bilbiography:
Coll. : Jindrich HALABALA. Brno. ERA. 2003
Werner Möller/Otakar Mácel: Ein Stuhl macht Geschichte. München. 1992.
Jan van Geest/Otakar Mácel: Stühle aus Stahl, Metallmöbel 1925-1940. Köln. Walter König. 1980. See p.84.
Bytové zarizeni, Cesky funkcionalismus 1925-1940. Exhibition catalogue. Prag. 1978.

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