For the past forty years, during their trips to Finland, Cor de Wit and his wife Sjoukje collected several hundred pieces of exceptional glass by people such as Alvar and Aino Aalto, Kaj Franck, Tapio Wirkkala, Timo Sarpaneva, Oiva Toikka and Markku Salo. They purchased the items from the factories, in the designers’ studios and on local markets. They found several pieces in the Netherlands.
This video shows how Cor – his wife Sjoukje died three years ago – has surrounded himself at home with his beloved objects. The whole interior is Scandinavian, with lamps by Arne Jacobson, a tea table and stools by Alvar Aalto, Arabia china by Kay Franck and cutlery by Bertel Gardberg. For Cor de Wit, editor of the former magazine Goed Wonen [Good Living], a timeless, functional and organic style is still the ideal.
In the de Wit collection, the emphasis is on glass from the ‘fifties, the Golden Years of Finnish design. Mr and Mrs de Wit decided to bequeath this collection to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Cor de Wit himself has now put together a small presentation with a number of industrial products and several unique handmade items. This selection can be seen at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 10 March to 5 August 2012.
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