Gerard van den Berg
Another basic experience from his youth is his training as a furniture maker.
“I have learned to execute the craft to technical perfection. Instructed by highly skilled craftsmen, I have learned to tinker with models and all kinds of materials and I tried out all kinds of production techniques. Thus, I know very well how people are sitting and how sitting furniture should be made. My technical knowledge is an essential contribution to my artistic creativity.”
”I enjoy as a designer to think of beautiful things and, as a professional stylist, to materialize these. It is a great experience to see that my creations are widely appreciated by many different people from all kinds of different cultures. This confirms my idea that the quality of a good design is universal. ”
Sitting furniture made by Gerard van den Berg in all respects is the result of designing and shaping. Furniture fit for the purpose they are intended for, namely sitting with comfort. That natural combination of creativity and craftsmanship ensures that many of his models are purchased by a global clientele. His models are sold worldwide.
The art of designing according to Gerard van den Berg is continuously thinking very pure. He focuses on a basic concept and avoids the inclination to decorate and complicate. I try to grasp the singular, pure form from the first sketch up to and including the final production. In my opinion a concept is not improved if you are constantly adding things. The power is not in the finery but lays in the essence of the keynote. As soon as you need finery there obviously is something missing in the concept itself. “
One of the innovations Gerard van den Berg has encouraged, in post-war furniture design, is the notion of not basically starting from the framework. Concerning the frame you are always tied to a particular gauge and this determines your design . If you take the lining as starting point , it usually gives you much more freedom in your options . For example, the hammock gave me the idea that, by smart use of the upholstering, you can create optimum comfort without needing a heavy interior construction. As a result, I was able to make my design nimble and slender yet sturdy and comfortable. At those moments I feel that the combination of creative thinking and knowledge of materials and technology is more than a simple addition.
Prices Gerard van den Berg
Gerard van den Berg has also designed high-profile models for Montis, Molteni, Wittmann and Lensvelt. During his long career, Gerard van den Berg received several prestigious awards, including the Kho Liang Price (1984), the Mobilia Innovation Award (1990), the Price for Interior Architecture (1991) and the prize for the best Dutch Furniture Design (1984 and 1997). The real Gerard van den Berg armchair is cocky and simple in its appearance. To achieve a real Gerard van den Berg armchair to come he is constantly working with its surroundings. The new Gerard van den Berg armchair Seat 24 is by him in an airplane when he was in a fine airplane Chair sat. The environment gave him the inspiration and this he had to immediately capture on a cocktail napkin from the plane. Eventually you see at the line formation of the Chair that it is a Gerard van den Berg armchair. In addition, for the collection of Label van den Berg the Gerard van den Berg armchair Hidde really an icon.
Icons of Gerard van den Berg
The most iconic Gerard van den Berg Chair is the Mali from the collection of Label van den Berg. At this Gerard van den Berg Chair you see that no-nonsense character very well coming back. In all his designs are fabric or leather as possible and because the Gerard van den Berg Chair very timeless choose Label van den Berg often for natural types of leather where you see the live characteristics still sit in the leathers. Think to these characteristics to insect bites, scars and stretch marks of an animal. The Gerard van den Berg Chair gets through these natural materials the timeless appearance that fits in the design.
In addition to the iconic Chair and armchair the Gerard van den Berg bank not be missed of course. This so-called Gerard van den Berg bank is unique and playful at the same time in his appearance. In all banks from the collection of Label that he has designed you see the character of Gerard Gerard van den Berg back what it ultimately a bank makes. The designs are all over the world recognize and as soon as Label van den Berg takes a Gerard van den Berg bank into the stock market see people right away to the model that the design of Gerard. This empire of recognition he has built up over the past 40 years by all his beautiful designs. Label van den Berg is of course founded by Gerard and is fortunate that the models he designs really fits the character of the company. The Gerard van den Berg bank exudes the same timeless atmosphere and fits nicely with each other.