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Curator Annemartine van Kesteren over Gispen
Curator Annemartine van Kesteren over Gispen

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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.


Title Mondial
Material and technique Metal, glassfibre reinforced polyester (GRP)
Object type Chair
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Height : 77 cm
Width : Error: 49,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Depth : 56 cm
Makers 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
Acquisition date 16-03-2004
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

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Wim Rietveld

Utrecht 1924 - Badhoevedorp 1985