Herm. Sibbel, Ringijk 10 Bricklayer and Contractor Handling building materials
Born 1865 Died 1922
Established FIRMA H. SIBBEL EN ZONEN AANNEMERS (as pictured) meaning FIRM H. SIBBEL AND SONS CONTRACTORS
located at Ringdijk 10, Amsterdam.
Hermanus was a Builder & Carpenter Contractor, building houses, maintenance work and hand crafted joinery & furniture in the building at Ringdijk 10, Amsterdam. He was later joined by his sons Meijer (Tinus) & Herman in the family business H. SIBBEL AND SONS CONTRACTORS
Meijer (Tinus) Sibbel
Born 1890 Died 1957
H. SIBBEL AND SONS CONTRACTORS was taken over by his son, Meijer (Tinus) Sibbel in 1910 at Ringdijk 10. Known as Tinus to his family and friends, his title translated in English was Broker Contractor. The company description reads “Execution of all prevailing construction and maintenance works administration of improving property”
Ringdijk 10 1920
4 Generations Sibbel on the stairs at the rear of the house
Herman Sibbel Born Amersdam 1916 Died Australia 1987
Meijer’s son, Herman Sibbel took over the family carpentry business as Director in 1928.
Ringdijk 10 – 1928 Alle rechten voorbehouden (All Rights Reserved)
The home at Ringdjik 10, housed three generations of Sibbels over the decades. The street was a haven for artisans and craftsman to trade and assist each other in growing their businesses.
Ringdijk 09--10 (Sibbel in the building with the bay window) - ± 1930
Herman Sibbel, his wife Corry, four sons and daughter settled in North Eltham, Victoria. Herman Sibbel (Designer) and brother Martin Sibbel (Furniture craftsman), established Sibbel Builders in 1955. Sibbel Builders designed and built houses in the Eltham, Doncaster and Templestowe areas. The brothers also opened a factory in Eltham, where they built the kitchens, wardrobes, window frames and custom built furniture for the houses they designed and built.
Herman was an incredible designer with a keen eye for attention to detail, his Mid Century Modern houses have left a legacy throughout Melbourne. Martin Sibbel
Meyer Sibbel Born 1943 – present
Meyer Sibbel, father of Wilhelmina, Fleur started working with his father at Sibbel Builders, alongside his sister Inger Bovell, Draftsman, who drew and documented all the architectural plans. Meyer took over the family business, becoming Director in 1968.
Meyer and Carole Sibbel built a house in Warrandyte on five bush acres and had four daughters, Katrina, Wilhelmina, Fleur & Meika.
The building business was booming with many of the houses being heritage listed
Display homes were opened. Sibbel builders won the Housing Industry Award five years in a row.
As a fifteen year old Wilhelmina started designing beds and wardrobes for her sisters bedrooms and had them manufactured in her fathers factory. Fleur was more business minded and sold the old furniture through the Trading Post.
Wilhelmina studied Furniture Technology at RMIT
Fleur was the account manager of a jewellery company
Wilhelmina deigned a range of five pieces and showed it to a furniture store in Hawthorn where the owner bought the complete range the business grew quickly
Fleur joined to help manage the orders
Diamaru became the biggest client
The manufacturing was relocated from Research to Thomastown
Sibbel Furniture was renamed Zuster meaning sister in Dutch
A second factory was taken in Thomastown for finishing & spraying furniture
Zuster started working more with Interior designers and architects
Opened our first showroom in Cremorne, Victoria
Opened a larger showroom in Swan Street, Richmond
The Hero entertainment unit was designed, the handles were inspired by the handles designed in the kitchens & bathrooms from Sibbel Builders
Stella was designed by Wilhelmina, on the plane returning from the first business trip. Wilhelmina designed the base by first drawing a star, then the timber to flow upwards to from the base. Stella is still a key item and is instantly recognisable as Zuster
Pearl is named for its beautiful pearl handles, adapted from Zuster’s signature butterfly handle. A collection crafted from American Oak with a distinctive Y-shaped base.
Jade collection, Zuster further developed the curved timber base, as with the Stella tables, in a small lamp table. Each lamp table is hand crafted out of solid American Oak
Collaboration with Reece Bathroom commenced
Jackalope Hotel project
Melbourne Jet Base project
Opened Zuster Hawthorn showroom
Reece Semi Inset basins