A set of two super rare Cleon chairs by Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum from 1974; the year Visser left the company.
Clarity of construction has been a trademark for Martin Visser since the beginning. With the Cleon chair the construction is emphasized, almost explanatory. (Could he have seen it as his “farewell chair”?) ‘t Spectrum had to close their doors, because production costs were too high. This design looks like Visser wanted to say: “if you want it cheap, you get it cheap. Stripped down to the basics”
As Visser had been closely related to the art scene, it is made in the spirit of Arte Povera, just like Enzo Mari’s Autoprogrettazione, which is from the same year. The chairs could also be a hommage to Gerrit Rietveld, who had inspired Martin Visser to become a designer himself. The Cleon chair refers to Rietveld’s Military chair and the Crate chair.
This set is completely original, including all screws and pillows. The frame is in an excellent condition. The Ploeg Whool fabric is also still original. Used, but intact. We have never seen any like these before. Beautiful rare pieces