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Gerard van den Berg for Montis “The Rock” Black Leather Lounge Chair, The Netherlands, 1970s

Black leather Brutalist lounge chair by Dutch designer Gerard Van Den Berg for Montis, the Netherlands 1970s.

This is one of the most iconic lounge chairs of the Dutch late midcentury. Gerard Van Den Berg designed his “Florence” (nicknamed “The Rock”), seating group in the 1970s for Montis, the Netherlands.

It is an impressive design with its very high back. They probably nicknamed it the rock because its big and massive appearance almost feels like a rock formation. This feeling is only strengthened by the sturdy and impressive thick black leather. We got the lounge chair from the first owners, who bought it new at an exhibition in Milan, Italy. They fell immediately in love with the it. And so do we, yet 40 years later.

The lounge chair is 40 years old, but is still in a good condition with its original, undamaged black leather. It has some traces of use, like scratches, but all consistent with age and use.

Gerard Van Den Berg is a Dutch furniture designer famous for his unique leather sofas and lounge chairs in the late Dutch mid-century. Many of his designs are distinctive from other items of the time. Like the “Florence” or “Rock” sofa, lounge chair and ottoman. Another Classic item is his thick neck leather “Ringo” sofa, but also newer chairs like the “Chaplin” dining chair, “Swoon” sofa and “Longa” lounge chair are instant classics. In some way he and Montis can be seen as the Dutch “De Sede” in the 70s and 80s. Many sofas and chairs have the same Brutalist appearance, quality and the use of high end leather.

Width: 87 cm

Depth: 80 cm; seating: 52 cm

Height: 104 cm; seating: 36 cm

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