Gispen Chair No. 216

Gispen Chair No. 216

Gispen Chair No. 216

£357.00
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Less than one week
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About this item

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.

Dimensions

W48.0 x H77.0 x D47.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Good

Brand/manufacturer

Gispen

Date of manufacture

1950s

Place of origin

Netherlands

Period

Mid 20th Century

VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

54813368
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