Posted on 4 September 2019
Around 1900, the innovations in design and architecture take flight. It is the Art Nouveau era. In the Netherlands, under the influence of the ideas of architect and designer Hendrik Peter Berlage, a sober and rationalistic variant arises: ‘de Nieuwe Kunst’ (the New Art). In this article we zoom in on the design of metal clocks from the ‘Nieuwe Kunst’ period. The most important designers of these clocks were Berlage, Jan Eisenloeffel and Cornelis Stoffels. Around the turn of the century, all three of them were affiliated with the Amstelhoek firm in a different capacity. Berlage as co-founder of ‘t Binnenhuis, which sold objects from Amstelhoek, Eisenloeffel as artistic director of the metal workshop and Stoffels as a gifted artisan who mastered many techniques. It is therefore not surprising that there are similarities between the designs of these three artists. Yet each of these ‘Nieuwe Kunst’ designers also has its own style characteristics.