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Schulim Krimper

Black bean

Schulim Krimper | Australia  VIC 1893-1971 | Sideboard 1952 | Black bean, with sliding doors and tiled pull-out shelf | 82.7 x 251.5 x 56cm | Purchased 2009. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 30th Anniversary Appeal | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Sideboard 1952

The work of the renowned Melbourne-based modernist cabinet maker Schulim Krimper is characterised by meticulously considered design and exacting standards of craftsmanship. He often reinterpreted functional components, such as dovetail joints, drawer handles and locking mechanisms, as features essential to his designs. Krimper also emphasised the natural beauty of the timbers he worked with, including a variety of Australian timbers such as the one he used here — Black bean, also known as Moreton Bay bean, Moreton Bay chestnut or beantree.

This piece was commissioned directly from the artist for a family home in Melbourne, and has been well-loved during its lifetime.