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Jan des Bouvrie is one of the most well-known Dutch furniture designers and has designed many pieces of furniture for Gelderland. Des Bouvrie studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He later worked in his parents' Goed Wonen furniture shop in Bussum where - in 1969 - he showed his first design sketches to Koene Oberman, Gelderland’s founder. Oberman was immediately convinced and Des Bouvries' first piece of furniture, the Cube Sofa, went into production that same year. In the following years, several of his leading designs were added to the Gelderland collection. Besides furniture, he also caused a furore as a designer of lighting, wallpaper and (mostly white) interiors.

In 1993, he moved his design studio to Het Arsenaal in Naarden. Together with partner Monique des Bouvrie, he built a leading interior design institute there. Over the years, Des Bouvrie's designs have been rewarded numerous prizes and awards, including the Cultuurprijs in 1974, the Stijlprijs for his fauteuil 5470F in 1990 and the Meubelprijs for the seating series 6430 in 1999.

6511 / 6515 corner sofa

by Jan des Bouvrie

‘First and foremost, a piece of furniture should serve people, it should be comfortable, you should feel good in it.’


Started collaborating with Gelderland in 1969

Jan des Bouvrie worked for Gelderland for more than 50 years. The collaboration began in 1969, with the iconic Cube Sofa. It was the beginning of a yearslong collaboration, and many other pieces of furniture followed, such as the 601 Oberman armchair, the 7880 Embrace sofa and the 6511 series. In honour of his 50th anniversary as a designer for Gelderland, Des Bouvrie designed the 7950 Allure sofa.

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