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Martin Visser studied Civil Engineering, worked as an architectural draughtsman, designed furniture and was employed by the famed De Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam as an aesthetic consultant. Through his work for De Bijenkorf, Visser came into contact with De Ploeg Weavers and Spectrum and was asked to work for them as designer and head of the collection in 1954. Since the end of the 1950s, Martin Visser’s functional design approach has determined the look of the Spectrum collection. Developments in his furniture designs ran parallel with the spirit of the collection. Visser had a strong preference for craft-built furniture. Many of his designs have an industrial style, but are craft-made to exceptionally high standards. Simple construction and absence of decoration give the impression that Visser had a great admiration for Berlage and pre-war functionalism. He loved to make simple furniture using as little material as possible but with the clearest possible shapes. Between 1978-1983, Visser was Head Curator of modern art at the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. In his last designs, Visser further expressed his conceptions about simplicity and clarity of form. Martin Visser’s career was crowned in December 1998 with the Oeuvre Prize for design.

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