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Willem Hendrik Gispen, Rare Diagonal Chair Variant, circa 1930



W.H. Gispen (1890-1981) did not invent the concept of tubular steel furniture in the early 20th century but he was largely responsible for translating a set of new design ideals to a Dutch audience. Restraint, elimination of ornament, comfort, and standardization were all tenets of the Dutch Functionalism that Gispen pioneered. The tubular steel frame of this chair is accented with black bakelite armrests and blue, grey canvas at the seat and back.


  • Creator
    Willem H. Gispen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.5 in. (87.63 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Depth: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Seat Height: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)
  • Style
    Bauhaus (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. New canvas fabric by Castel Maison on the seat and back.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3832319250262

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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