Luxury Design, Past & Present
Breathtaking high bar cabinet designed by Rudolf Glatzel for Fristho, Netherlands around 1960.
It remains in great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
In 1921 in Huizum, Leeuwarden (Netherlands) Fristho was started as a chair- and woodcrafts factory. The factory gained succes with selling chairs and moved to Franeker in 1924. Their quality was soon recognized and big warehouses such as Metz&Co and De Bijenkorf started producing their furniture.
After the war Fristho decided to consequently go with the mid-century modern style, inspired by Scandinavian design. With the Danish and German designers William Watting, Inger Klingenberg and Rudolf Glatzel, Fristho was succesvol untill late in the 1960's. With exhibitions in LA, Milan and Paris and even a second manufacturing team in Rotterdam (Netherlands) the company was a definite succes.
Dutch designer Kho Liang Ie helped Fristho reach the top of the Dutch design industry next to Pastoe, Artifort, Gispen and Spectrum.
Fristho closed it's doors in 1978.