Kho Liang le (1927 – 1975)
Kho Liang le is best known as a Dutch industrial designer of the mid-century era.
Chinese Indonesian born, Kho emigrated to the Netherlands in 1949 to study first medicine and then architecture. He is credited for first elevating the design of Dutch company Artifort to be competitive in the international market as an aesthetic consultant and designer. He would also attract international talent such as Pierre Paulin and Geoffery Harcourt to Artifort placing the Dutch group amongst the world’s top furniture design houses. Kho’s interior work on Schipol Airport from 1963-67 would finally cement his reputation.
Despite his many achievements and far reaching influence, Kho Liang le remains an unknown name to many mid-century enthusiasts and is generally unknown outside Holland. A sad reflection on the times he lived in. Much of his furniture are in the collections of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam , the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum Catharijne convent Utrecht.