Jack Van der Molen
Jack VanderMolen has created a lasting legacy with his inspired American Furniture design.
Jack Van der Molen was one of the gifted American furniture designers of the mid 20th century. He was born in 1922 and lived a varied and fascinating life. Van der Molen served in the United States Army during World War II where he was awarded five Battle Stars. He also happened to be a scratch golfer, who won many tournaments and an esteemed painter who excelled in watercolours. His work can be found in many private and commercial collections.
As a graduate of Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Van der Molen excelled in his passion for design. His work balanced clean lines with sculpted organic details and was considered the height of contemporary furniture. In the 1950's he designed the coveted mid-century modern furniture line "Americana Casual" for the Jamestown Lounge Co. Another high point in his career was in 1959 he won the House Beautiful Magazine "Best Chair of the Year" award.
Van der Molen also worked with Dupont in initiating the use of polyester fiber, now used profusely in upholstered furniture. He worked in the furniture business for 61 and designed for top manufacturers throughout the country. Today his work is highly desirable and a stunning example of the mid-century American aesthetic.