He was the son of world famous architect and designer Gerrit Th. Rietveld, positioned himself with simple functional, solid, practical designes. Wim Rietveld together with Kho Liang Ie and Friso Kramer belongs to the pioneers in the field of industrial design in the Netherlands. Wim Rietveld combined his studies at the Royal Academy in The Hague with a steady job in the workshop of his father. After graduating, from the fifties on he started to work for furniture manufacturers like Gispen, Circle and Ahrend, but he also developed agricultural machinery, boats, weighing equipment and subway trains. His work has won several awards at home and abroad.
Auping Valet chair (dress boy)
Gispen 116 chair
Gispen 663 shelving system
The Spectrum SE 06 dining chair was designed by Martin Visser in 1960. The clear minimalistic design and pure material are typical of Visser’s work. The chair has a slim tubular steel frame, chrome matt brushed or black epoxy coated, and a saddle leather upholstery. The SE dining chair is also available in a fabric version, the SE 07, and a version with a rattan seat, the SE 05 chair.
Wim Rietveld designed this chair in 1953 for the Gispen company in Culemborg, the Netherlands. The chair has a round steel frame and the seat and back are made of bent birch plywood. The wood and metal are connected by rubber discs that provide suspension and comfort.
The Gispen 663 was designed by Wim Rietveld as a modular shelving system in lacquered steel and was introduced in 1954 at the 10th Triennale in Milan, Italy. The Gispen 663 shelving system was winner of the ‘Diploma d Ónore’, the highest reward.