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The Interior Design of a Beautiful Dutch House in the 1930s

After the growing professionalization of architecture, the Netherlands hosted its first architecture exhibitions in the mid-19th century. This initiative was driven by two organizations: the Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Bouwkunst (Society for the Promotion of Architecture) and the Geneootschap Architectura et Amicitia (Architectura et Amicitia Society). Soon, they realized how valuable exhibitions could be for propagandizing and educating. By the end of the 19th century, large-scale international exhibitions in the Netherlands demanded a centrally headed “representative Dutch delegation”.

The Exhibition Council for Architecture and Related Arts was established around 1920 to deal with this need, aiming to organize exhibitions that would promote the flourishing of the arts. Various societies representing architecture, ornamental, artisanal, and applied arts served on the council. Between 1925 and 1935, a collection of photographs was compiled to highlight Dutch architecture’s best features. The collection was used in numerous exhibitions, including the World Fairs in Paris in 1925 and Brussels in 1935. These photographs were taken to depict an ideal vision of architecture: they emphasize architecture’s artistic and aesthetic expressions.

These photos from Het Nieuwe Instituut are part of the Exhibition Council collection, which shows the interior design of Dutch houses during the 1930s.

#1 Country house ‘De Luifel’ interior, Wassenaar, 1930s

Country house 'De Luifel' interior, Wassenaar, 1930s

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#2 Country house interior, Wassenaar, 1930s

Country house interior, Wassenaar, 1930s

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#3 Zonzij house interior, Rotterdam, 1930s

Zonzij house interior, Rotterdam, 1930s

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#4 Dining room wainscot, Borne, 1930s

Dining room wainscot, Borne, 1930s

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#5 Park Marlot country house interior, Den Haag, 1930s

Park Marlot country house interior, Den Haag, 1930s

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#6 Van der Leeuw house interior, Kralingse Plaslaan, Rotterdam, 1930s

Van der Leeuw house interior, Kralingse Plaslaan, Rotterdam, 1930s

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#7 Van der Leeuw house interior, Kralingse Plaslaan, Rotterdam, 1930s

Van der Leeuw house interior, Kralingse Plaslaan, Rotterdam, 1930s

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#8 House to let interior, 1931

House to let interior, 1931

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#9 Mayor’s house interior, Vlissingen, 1931

Mayor's house interior, Vlissingen, 1931

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#10 Living room interior, Prins Hendriklaan 112, Utrecht, 1932-1934

Living room interior, Prins Hendriklaan 112, Utrecht, 1932-1934

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#11 House interior, 1934

House interior, 1934

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#12 Coepelduyn country house interior, 1936

Coepelduyn country house interior, 1936

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#13 Country house interior, Valkenswaard, 1938

Country house interior, Valkenswaard, 1938

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#14 Bedroom interior, 1930s

Bedroom interior, 1930s

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#15 Bedroom interior, 1930s

Bedroom interior, 1930s

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#16 Bedroom interior, 1930s

Bedroom interior, 1930s

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#17 Child’s bed, 1930s

Child's bed, 1930s

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#18 Country house interior, 1930s

Country house interior, 1930s

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#19 Dining room interior, 1930s

Dining room interior, 1930s

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#20 Dining room interior, 1930s

Dining room interior, 1930s

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#21 Dining room interior, 1930s

Dining room interior, 1930s

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#22 Furniture, 1930s

Furniture, 1930s

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#23 Furniture, 1930s

Furniture, 1930s

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#24 Girls room interior, 1930s

Girls room interior, 1930s

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#25 House interior, 1930s

House interior, 1930s

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#26 House interior, 1930s

House interior, 1930s

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#27 House interior, 1930s

House interior, 1930s

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#28 House interior, 1930s

House interior, 1930s

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#29 House interior, 1930s

House interior, 1930s

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#30 House interior, 1930s

House interior, 1930s

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#31 Kitchen interior, 1930s

Kitchen interior, 1930s

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#32 Living room interior, 1930s

Living room interior, 1930s

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#33 Living room interior, 1930s

Living room interior, 1930s

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#34 Living room interior, 1930s

Living room interior, 1930s

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#35 Living room interior, 1930s

Living room interior, 1930s

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#36 Living room interior, 1930s

Living room interior, 1930s

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#37 Meeting room interior, 1930s

Meeting room interior, 1930s

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#38 Men’s room interior, Den Haag, 1930s

Men's room interior, Den Haag, 1930s

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#39 Men’s room interior, Den Haag, 1930s

Men's room interior, Den Haag, 1930s

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#40 Staircase interior, 1930s

Staircase interior, 1930s

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#41 Study interior, 1930s

Study interior, 1930s

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#42 Study interior, Sijzenlaan 50, Den Haag, 1930s

Study interior, Sijzenlaan 50, Den Haag, 1930s

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#43 Working-class house interior, 1930s

Working-class house interior, 1930s

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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