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Monique D. J. M. Teunissen

(b Magelang, Aug 5, 1927; d Amsterdam, Jan 1, 1975).

Dutch interior designer and industrial designer of Indonesian birth. After training at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs (now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie), Amsterdam (1950–54), he rapidly established himself as a designer. His first industrial contacts were made as a consultant/adviser to the Good Living foundation (1954–6). In the post-war years Kho played an important role in stimulating the cooperation between designers and industry and influenced the design policies of various Dutch furniture producers, including Wagemans/Artifort, Maastricht, and CAR, Katwijk. He was also an active organizer and initiator of various exhibitions and congresses. Through his versatility, original ideas and remarkable creativity he was considered as one of the most eminent Dutch designers. His work is distinguished both by its playfulness and originality and by a desire to achieve something more than a rational organization of interior space. Nevertheless, his work was clearly based on rational, analytical elements; he was familiar with the principles of the Bauhaus through his teacher ...