Designer: Rob Parry

Rob Parry is a leading Dutch designer of the 20th century. Throughout his life, he used his innovative vision of design to bring new techniques and materials to the design stages of furniture.

During his career, Parry designed a large number of pieces, some of which achieved bestseller status: the 1611 armchair was produced in more than 60,000 units! Among his other successes, design lovers will remember the Lotus armchair for Gederland (1950s).


The 1611 armchair and the Lotus armchair


Rob Parry was born in 1925 in the Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts where he met great teachers such as Cor Alons, Paul Schuitema and Gerrit Rietveld. In 1950, the designer opened his own practice. From 1954 to 1958, he worked with Emile Truijen, and together they designed some very beautiful models. Parry worked on interior design and stands, but he also designed furniture, jewellery and toys. Rob Parry’s work quickly became very successful. For example, he won second prize at the Milan Triennial in 1957 for his PTT letterbox . Passionate about his craft, he wanted to share his experience by teaching architecture at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts for 30 years! Rob Parry’s designs are timeless pieces that fit perfectly into contemporary homes.


Letterbox (source:

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