The 1950’s has been a very prosperous period in the development of the modern interior design in the Netherlands and Pastoe was always one of the trail blazers. In 1948 Cees Braakman (1917-1995), the artistic director of Pastoe, made a study trip around the United States where he became familiar with the pioneering designs of for instance Charles & Ray Eames. The young director convinced the board to take on this innovative production method. Braakman was also influenced by the sharp designs of such designers as the Finnish Alvar Aalto. In his own country, he argued for cheap, user-friendly and flexible furniture which suited the small homes of the Dutch.