Cor Alons (1892 – 1967) Dutch Interior and Industrial Designer

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Cor Alons (1892 – 1967) Dutch Interior and Industrial Designer.

Education

Between 1913 – 1917 he studied in the drawing and painting department, Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague.

Biography

  • Between 1917-21, he worked as a draftsman in the Modern interior art department, H. Pander & Sons, The Hague, under architect Hendrik Wouda. 
  • 1919-20, taught evening furniture-drawing class, Patrimonium, The Hague. 
  • In 1919, he became a member of VANK. 
  • 1921-23, worked as a designer at painted- and stained-glass window firm G. van Geldermalsen, Rotterdam. 1922, designer at furniture firm LOV. 
  • 1923, travelled in France, Germany, and Hungary; 
  • designed stained-glass windows for Baarns Lyceum; 
  • Settled in The Hague, he became an independent interior architect and member of de Haags- che Kunstkring. 
  • 1923, designed pottery for NV De Duinvoet. A prolific interior designer, he participated with prominent Dutch architects. The firm translated simple planar structures and bold colours into furniture for adults and children.
  • 1928, designed cutlery for Emailleerfabriek ‘De IJsel’. 
  • 1928—36, active in own design office and showroom in own residence, The Hague. 
  • 1929-57, taught furniture construction, Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, and, 1934, founded its interior-arts course. 
  • 1932—33, designed textiles of van den Bergh’s firm in Oss. 
  • 1933, designed storefront of decorative-arts shop De Kerhuil, Haarlem. 
  • 1935—40, designed tubular-steel furniture for Oostwoud Fabrieken, Kraneker. 
  • Stained-glass windows and bar of 1938 oceanliner New Amsterdam. 
  • 1942, became a prisoner of the Germans and returned to the Netherlands
  • 1948, designed wooden furniture for C. den Boer. 
  • 1954, designed metal and glass furniture. 1962, honorary member of GKf. He died in The Hague.  

Work

  • Work included in 1920 ‘Modern Interior Art’ (stained-glass windows and decorative panels) organized by LOV in Oosterbeek.
  • 1925 Paris ‘Exhibition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’; 
  • 1927 one-person exhibition, The Hague; 
  • designed PTT pavilion, ‘Jaarbeurs,’ Utrecht; 
  • 1932 VANK exhibition (showing chrome-plated steel furniture by Ph. Dekker), Rotterdam; 
  • Designed exhibition for 250th anniversary of Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Pulchri Studio, The Hague; 
  • Dutch pavilion, 1937 Paris’ Exhibition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.’

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

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