"Claustra", Jindrich Halabala for Holesav Drevopodnik, pair of modernist shelves or screens, 1950

  • Creator / Artist / Designer:Jindrich Halabala
  • Issuer / Manufacturer:Holesav Drevopodnik
  • MarK / Label:Yes
  • Period:20th Century / Mid Century / 1950 
  • Country of Origin:Czech republic
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):225cm x 90cm x 16cm 
  • Weight:40 Kg
  • Number of components:2
  • Condition:very good
  • Style:DesignEastern Europe, Modernist
  • Materials:Wood
  • Price:SOLD

First edition "Claustra" around 1950.

These shelves have their 4 corners quarter round (see photos details), they are Jindrich Halabala and are more rare.

The label of the manufacturer (Holesav Drevopodnik) is still visible on one of the 2 shelves.

Not to be confused with the later editions of Ludvik Volak (right angle corners) published by Hole from the 1960s.

Partition shelf (claustra) glued laminated wood.

Very good state of conservation.

Jindrich Halabala is a Czech designer who is best known for having worked for UP (Up Zavody) based in Prague, Holesav Drevopodnik and Thonet Gebrüder Frères Austria (curved woods), for which he made the famous H269 armchairs. A pair of these chairs is currently visible on ArtaPlaza. He also rubbed shoulders with Jaroslav Smidek, another designer who made Czech modernist furniture.

The furniture created by Halabala is renowned for its robustness, high quality and practicality. These pieces that adapt to all interiors as they combine aesthetics and functionality. Armchairs, shelves ... His various creations always seduce the design enthusiasts of the 20th century.


Jindrich Halabala was born in 1903 in the Czech Republic. He is doing his first internship in his father's workshop. After different experiences and acquired knowledge about wood, he enters the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Graduated in 1926, he joined the Bohumil Hübschmann studio in Prague and then worked for UP as Artistic Director. The company adapts quickly to changes in consumption and then mass-produced, which propels it to a position of responsibility. She produces various pieces of furniture largely based on Halabala's design. High quality, the furniture produced was comparable to the excellent European productions of the time.