Best known for his work as the lead designer and manager at the Pastoe furniture company, Cees Braakman embraced post World War II modern design and fueled that aesthetic throughout the Netherlands. After a trip to the United States in 1947, Braakman became inspired by the work of the Herman Miller Company as well as Charles and Ray Eames; and he began experimenting with bent plywood and steel wire frames. Throughout his four decades of designing for Pastoe, he created several successful furniture lines. He spent much of the 1950s and 1960s designing modular cabinetry, where customers could choose from various wood types and details. Braakman also moved away from traditional naming systems for furniture lines and created a codename for each design with letters and numbers.