It may seem as if the sun always shines in star-studded Bel Air, in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Well, actually, it does. Ever since the community was founded—in 1923—, life has been good in Bel Air. If you want to experience the laid-back attitude that permeates the area, just have a seat in Jan te Lintelo’s ‘Bel Air’ swivel chair with matching ottoman. Rest your head against its high back, feel yourself settle in its luxurious cushions, and all will be right with the world.
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Jan te Lintelo
Jan te Lintelo was born on January 6th 1954 into a family of furniture retailers in Haaksbergen in the eastern part of The Netherlands. Growing up Jan was surrounded by the beautiful furniture from his parents shop, this meant he gained an understanding on the skills and great craftsmanship ofartisans and architects from an early age.
Jan studied furniture manufacturing at the HMC in Rotterdam specialising in craftsmanship and creativity but also the entrepreneurship of the trade and worked in sales for Dutch cabinetmaker Pastoe and the famous upholstery factory Gelderland.
In 1994 he decided to start his own company and create his own collection of furniture. Using his experience in manufacturing combined with the feedback and wishes from his clients he designed the first collection himself, fast becoming one of the most successful modern furniture collections.
His modern designs are characterized by great craftsmanship with generous proportions with comfort and style as essential qualities.