His father Dirk was the managing director of the company for many years and Cees spent much time in the factory in his youth, working many different jobs before he became chief designer in 1945.
From 1945 to 1978, he was head of the Pastoe design team and was responsible for the development of the first modern furniture line. He created a clear and coherent collection of furniture conceived as functional objects, such as the U+N and Berken series of plywood cabinets, reconceived by Pastoe in 2013 as the Jubilee cabinet to celebrate their 100th anniversary.
In 1958 he designed one of the first chairs to be entirely fabricated from steel wire, the SM05 chair, which Pastoe have brought back into production alongside other pieces from Braakman's wire collection.
Functional and strong but with an inherent transparency, the KM05 Low Wire Stool from Pastoe is a mid-century piece with a timeless expression
Together with A. Dekker, Cees Braakman designed the FM06 lounge chair in 1958 as part of a family of seating elements made of slender steel wire
The straightforward Wire Side Table from Pastoe is the perfect companion to the Dutch brand's unique wire chair collection