Benno Premsela (1920 – 1997) Dutch textile and exhibition designer

Dutch architect Benno Premsela, circa 1975
Dutch architect Benno Premsela, circa 1975

Benno Premsela (1920 – 1997) was a Dutch textile and exhibition designer.

Education

He studied interior design at the Nieuwe Kunstschool, Amsterdam. 

Biography

Between 1949-51, he worked in the furniture department of Bijenkorf, the largest department store in Amsterdam. Between 1956-63, he was the head of display there. 

Lampadaire Lotek lamp designed by Benno Premsela
Lampadaire Lotek lamp designed by Benno Premsela
Classic lamp design by Benno Premsela
Classic lamp design by Benno Premsela
Iconic 1950s Black and White Modernist Mirror by Benno Premsela
Iconic 1950s Black and White Modernist Mirror by Benno Premsela

1951-53, he worked in Italy, where he designed and printed textiles. In 1963, he set up a studio in partnership with architect Jan Vonk. From 1967, Premsela was responsible for product development and design for Van Besouw in Goirle. From 1972, wallcoverings for Vescom; and, from 1975, upholstery fabrics for Gerns & Gabler. 

Exhibitions

His work was the subject of the one-person 1981-2 ‘Benno Premsela onder anderen’ exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. 

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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