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Gispen chair no. 216

Designer: Wim Rietveld
Year: 1953
Firm: Gispen
Model: no. 216
Origin: Culemborg, the Netherlands
Material: birch plywood, solid round steel, rubber, bakelite

Dimensions: height 77 cm, seating height 42 cm, width 48 cm, depth 47 cm
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Price: € 400,-

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Gispen chair no. 216

Designer: Wim Rietveld
Year: 1953
Firm: Gispen
Model: no. 216
Origin: Culemborg, the Netherlands
Material: birch plywood, solid round steel, rubber, bakelite

Dimensions: height 77 cm, seating height 42 cm, width 48 cm, depth 47 cm
Art.no:

Price: € 400,-

The Gispen chair no. 216 is part of Wim Rietveld’s esteemed ‘furniture for the simple interior’, which he introduced to the Gispen collection in 1953. Thanks to new heating techniques the birch laminate could be bent into a comfortable curve. The solid round steel frame with modest arm rests of bakelite enhance its stark, sheer appearance that was made to suite a functional interior.

Wood and steel are connected with characteristic rubber disks, offering the slightest bounce. The knobs are clearly reminiscent of Charles and Ray Eames’ DCM chair. It is without a doubt that Wim Rietveld was inspired by their work. Nonetheless, he easily waved away any hints of plagiarism, regarding his knobs as simply an adequate usage of a new technical ingenuity. Indeed, one could say that his chair no. 216 is the popular Dutch equivalent of the famous dining from overseas.

This specific specimen is in wonderful authentic condition: the steel still has its original grey colour, the wood is evenly worn. The rubber disks are usually dry and cracked, but here they are still whole and strong. Even the stubby white floor caps have never been replaced. In short, this chair is like time travel to 1953, when it was manufactured for the first time.

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