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This industrially manufactured chair with a sheet metal structure and a fibre-glass seat reinforced with plastic is the result of a collaboration between Gerrit Rietveld and his son Wim. The Mondial was designed in 1958 for the world exhibition in Brussels. The Mondial’s distinguishing feature is the special K profile: the back, the seat, the legs and the optional armrests come together in a central tube, giving the chair its extraordinary simplicity. This primary red example is from the collection of Sem Aardewerk, who was interior designer and worked with Rietveld on the Dutch pavilion in 1958. The chair has recently been put into production again.
|Material and technique||Metal, glassfibre reinforced polyester (GRP)|
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height : 77 cm
Width : 49,5 cm
Depth : 56 cm
Designer: Wim Rietveld
Designer: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Executor: Gispen's Fabriek voor Metaalbewerking N.V.
|Accession number||V 2338 (KN&V)|
|Credits||Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: Mondriaan Fonds 2004|
|Department||Applied Arts & Design|
|Age maker||Between 33 and 34 years old|
|Exhibitions|| Gispen Specials - De Klant is Koning (2016)
|Material||Metal > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Glassfibre reinforced polyester (GRP) > Polyester > Artificial synthetic > Synthetic > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Chair > Furniture > Living > Utensil|
|Geographical origin||The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
All about the maker
Utrecht 1924 - Badhoevedorp 1985