- Creator / Artist / Designer:Théo Ruth ( 1915 - 1971 )
- Issuer / Manufacturer:Artifort
- Period:20th century - 1960 to 1980
- Dimensions (H x W x D):80cm x 76cm x 80cm
- Number of components:2
- Condition:needs restoring
- Style:Design, European
- Materials:Textile, Fabric, Wood
Pair of armchairs "Penguin" Théo Ruth for Artifort, 1950/60 edition, a designer reference (see the biography below).
Adjustable in 2 positions.
Dutch designer born in 1915 in Maastricht. He trained as a furniture designer and interior architect at the Middelbare Kunstnijverheidsschool in Maastricht (which later became the Academy of Arts in Maastricht). In 1936, he joined Artifort in Maastricht, where he specialized in the design of living room furniture. Barely three years later, in 1939, he became head of design and development, a position he held until his death in 1971.
His most famous pieces include the 1952 Congo chair and the 1953 Penguin chair, both constructed from two nested pieces that fit together without screws (the original version of the latter included a black backrest and a white cushion to imitate its namesake). Notably, designers Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt also collaborated with the design department of Artifort during Ruth's tenure.