Dark Brown Galvanitas - Thur Op Seat Chair | Chromed Steel Tubular | Netherlands | 1970s
Dutch furniture manufacturer Galvanitas has remained family-owned since Willem Thuring first opened his nickel- and chrome-plating metalworks in the southern part of the Netherlands in 1934. In the years surrounding World War II, Galvanitas expanded its production to include mechanical metal furniture, like hospital beds and barber chairs. Paul Thuring, Willem’s son, took over in the late forties and introduced school furniture to the company’s product line—a decision that proved highly rewarding following the war. A vast proportion of Dutch schools used Galvanitas steel-and-plywood chairs in their classrooms through the end of the 20th century and beyond. Now synonymous with solid and durable construction, the company helped to establish the utilitarian style that defined midcentury modernism in the Netherlands.