Two hundred chairs, including unique examples by Rietveld, Prouvé and Oud, were carried from the wreckage of Delft University’s faculty of architecture on Wednesday evening, following the fire which ripped through the building on Tuesday.
In addition, 80 historic models from architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alfred Loos were also rescued unscathed by fire officers, reports Thursdays Volkskrant.
The chairs and models had been moved to the ground floor in readiness for a new exhibition and escaped the worst of the fire, which began on the sixth floor and moved upwards, says the paper.
The fate of the library of some 40,000 books, magazines, drawings and maps is still not clear. Fire officers have not yet been able to enter the library because the building is unsafe.
Professor Max Risselada told the Volkskrant that the books and magazines are more important than the chairs and models.
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