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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.

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Title Mondial
Material and technique Metal, glassfibre reinforced polyester (GRP)
Object type
Chair > Furniture > Living > Utensil
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 77 cm
Width 49.5 cm
Depth 56 cm
Artists Uitvoerder: Gispen's Fabriek voor Metaalbewerking N.V.
Ontwerper: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Ontwerper: Wim Rietveld
Accession number V 2338 (KN&V)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: Mondriaan Fonds 2004
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 2004
Age artist About 41 years old
Exhibitions Gispen Specials - De Klant is Koning (2016)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Gispen's Fabriek voor Metaalbewerking N.V.

Rotterdam 1916

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