Set of 2 chairs by Theo Tempelman for AP Originals model AP 40 1967



So at first glance you would say it is an ordinary stacking chair.! But on further study and consultation of the literature, the orange plastic chair with chromed steel tubes turns out to be a special and now rare object in Dutch furniture history. It is the first plastic bucket seat of Dutch manufacture. In the 1950s, especially in America there was plenty of experimenting with new plastics and the first designs by Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen have become classics. From the sixties onwards, it was mainly the Italians who applied the new materials freely and creatively in their designs. The most famous names are Giulio Castelli and Kartell. But also in the Netherlands, the plastic penetrated the furniture industry in the course of the 1960s. The rise of youth and pop culture in the late 1960s was an important stimulus to play with colors and shapes. In 1967, Theo Tempelman designed the first Dutch plastic bucket seat for the company A. Polak in IJsselstein. In the AP Originals series, this hall chair appeared under the designation AP40. Through intensive and rugged use in halls, canteens and schools and through the ‘normal’ of the chair, the AP40 has become rare. But the historical importance of Tempelman’s creation was recognized early on and that is why the chair was included in the chair collection of the Faculty of Architecture in Delft and in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In the canon of Dutch chair designs, a place has also been reserved for the AP40: P. Vöge and B. Westerveld, Stoelen. Nederlandse ontwerpen 1945-1985, Amsterdam 1986, p. 51). In very good condition, h. 80, w. 53, seat h. 43