Bob Roukema for Jon Jansen Sideboard
An rare offering from a celebrated New Zealand furniture maker.
During the 1950's legendary furniture store Jon Jansen was at the cutting edge of progressive modern design. At the forefront of this push to introduce conservative New Zealanders to the latest in contemporary furniture was Jon Jansen's talented in-house designer Bob Roukema.
This rare mahogany sideboard is part of a larger range of furniture designed by Roukema. Each piece was crafted from solid timber with clean lines and a crisp lightness of form. A distinguishing feature of many of Roukema's designs are the pioneering outward splayed pin style legs which screw in and give the furniture an inspired lightness.
A 1955 photo of the Jon Jansen exhibit at the Easter Show displays an image of this sideboard in the top right corner. The matching desk (also in the photo) is in the permanent collection of the Auckland Museum. This is the only example of the sideboard we have seen.
NB: This piece is currently not instore. Please get in touch if you would like view.
Materials: Beautifully crafted from mahogany and glass
Wood Finish: Full professional restoration
Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid. All checked and ready to go
Glass: Original vintage glass
Handles: Original anodised aluminium handles in good original condition