Hendrik Van Keppel was an American interior designer who lived from 1914 to 1987. He was professionally active in Los Angeles.
In 1938, Van Keppel and Taylor Green opened an interior design firm in Los Angeles. In 1939, they opened a retail store where customers could order custom-made furniture. They were famous for their clean-lined modern limited-edition furniture, such as metal frame outdoor furniture strung with yacht cord instead of upholstery.
They started commercially producing furniture after WWII, using industrial raw materials. Enamelled steel was used to replace the gas piping used in previous versions. In 1948, they expanded their operation due to increased revenues.
Balboa Chrome, Brown-Saltman, and Mueller were among their mass-produced products clients in the 1950s. Brown Jourdan became a customer in the 1960s.
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