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December 4, 2021

Amazing Photos Show Interior Design of Dutch Houses in the 1920s and ’30s

The first architecture exhibitions in the Netherlands were held from about the middle of the 19th century, a result of the growing professionalization of architecture. The driving forces behind this were the architectural society ‘Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Bouwkunst (Society for the Promotion of Architecture) and the ‘Genootschap Architectura et Amicitia’ (The Architectura et Amicitia Society). They soon discovered the propagandistic and educational value of exhibitions. The emergence of large-scale, international exhibitions towards the end of the 19th century led to a demand for a centrally headed ‘representative Dutch delegation’.

Interior design of Dutch houses in the 1920s and 1930s

To meet this demand, the ‘Tentoonstellingsraad voor Bouwkunst en verwante kunsten’ (The Exhibition Council for Architecture and Related Arts) was set up around 1920, with the aim of organizing exhibitions to ‘promote the flourishing of the arts‘. Representatives of various societies in the field of architecture as well as in the ornamental, artisanal and applied arts served on the council.

In the period between 1925 and 1935, a collection of photographs was built up to draw attention to the cream of the crop of Dutch architecture. The collection was used in countless exhibitions, including the World Fairs in Paris in 1925 and Brussels in 1935. The photographs of the Council were intended to paint an ideal picture: they emphazise the artistic and aesthetic manifestations of architecture.

This set of amazing photos from Het Nieuwe Instituut is part of the Exhibition Council collection that shows interior design of Dutch houses in the 1920s and 1930s.

Country house 'De Luifel' interior, Wassenaar, 1924

Country house interior, Wassenaar, 1926

Zonzij house interior, Rotterdam, 1926

Dining room wainscot, Borne, 1927

Park Marlot country house interior, Den Haag, 1928

Van der Leeuw house interior, Kralingse Plaslaan, Rotterdam, 1930

Van der Leeuw house interior, Kralingse Plaslaan, Rotterdam, 1930

House to let interior, 1931

Mayor's house interior, Vlissingen, 1931

Living room interior, Prins Hendriklaan 112, Utrecht, 1932-1934

House interior, 1934

Coepelduyn country house interior, 1936

Country house interior, Valkenswaard, 1938

Bedroom interior, circa 1920s-30s

Bedroom interior, circa 1920s-30s

Bedroom interior, circa 1920s-30s

Child's bed, circa 1920s-30s

Country house interior, circa 1920s-30s

Dining room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Dining room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Dining room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Furniture, circa 1920s-30s

Furniture, circa 1920s-30s

Girls room interior, circa 1920s-30s

House interior, circa 1920s-30s

House interior, circa 1920s-30s

House interior, circa 1920s-30s

House interior, circa 1920s-30s

House interior, circa 1920s-30s

House interior, circa 1920s-30s

Kitchen interior, circa 1920s-30s

Living room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Living room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Living room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Living room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Living room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Meeting room interior, circa 1920s-30s

Men's room interior, Den Haag, circa 1920s-30s

Men's room interior, Den Haag, circa 1920s-30s

Staircase interior, circa 1920s-30s

Study interior, circa 1920s-30s

Study interior, Sijzenlaan 50, Den Haag, circa 1920s-30s

Working-class house interior, circa 1920s-30s




1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Art Deco/Bauhaus styles.
    Almost a century old, and yet so modern, down to the potted plants on the window sills.

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