Collaboration between Chris Lebeau and E.J.F van Dissel & Zonen
The unique collaboration between Chris Lebeau and linen manufacturer Van Dissel began in 1905 and continued until around 1940. Lebeau is known to have produced more than 50 damask designs, whose stylised Art Nouveau patterns garnered great acclaim in the press. Van Dissel was also praised for breaking the tradition of copying or adapting patterns by foreign designers or design agencies. Lebeau designed according to a grid system, dividing the surface geometrically to create a clean, regular composition. The tablecloth, napkins and doilies complemented each other, despite their differences in size. To achieve this, he did not reduce the basic design for each item, as was usual, but rearranged the motifs for each element.