Webe and Louis van Teeffelen

The name of the factory originates from the surnames of two families of manufacturers, Walraven & Bevers. The factory was set up in 1938, but it flourished in the 1950s and 1960s with designs by Louis van Teeffelen. Teeffelen was one of the famous Netherlandish designers who departed from the clear lines of Rietveld to a great extent and was definitely influenced by Scandinavian designers with their organic shapes and smooth lines. Still, his projects kept an individual and unique character. The characteristic, almost floral shapes of cupboard handles, dynamic forms of armchairs and chairs, beautiful and smooth lines of tables and desks make that the furniture by van Teeffelen is highly sought after even today. These Scandinavian pieces of furniture made that Wébé became one of the biggest furniture factories among the Benelux states in the 1950s and 1960s and sold its furniture even in the bastion of the modern design of that time, i.e. in Scandinavia. A slow decline started in the 1970s, and in the 1990s the factory stopped manufacturing. Maybe, it happened because the managers of Wébé did not come across a designer like Louis van Teeffelen.