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RIETVELD HOPMI CHAIR
Wednessday May 15th architect/designer Victor Veldhuijzen van Zanten presents at Het Nieuwe Instituut the RIETVELD HOPMI CHAIR that he reproduced with copyright permission of the heirs of Rietveld. Gerrit Rietveld originally designed the HOPMI Chair in 1932. As often only a few copies were made, which disappeared over the years. But in 2008 the heirs of Professor Lanjouw delivered a bag with steel tubes, bolts and plywood to the Centraal Museum Utrecht, who determined it as original remnants of the lost HOPMI Chair.
CONSTRUCTIVIST MASTERPIECE IN A BOX
Although originally only two copies were made, the HOPMI Chair expresses Rietveld's ideal of industrial production in a very clear and convincing way. The chair is constructed of six pieces of steel tube that are connected with torpedo-bolts (a patent of the Hollandsche Patent Metaal Industrie, HOPMI). The radical simplicity and the torpedo-bolts give the chair a powerful, constructivist image and make it easy to produce and transport. The whole chair fits in a box of 50 x 55 x 8 cm. A constructivist masterpiece in a box!
ACQUIRE A HOPMI CHAIR
Thanks to the efforts of Victor Veldhuijzen van Zanten you do not have to go to the Centraal Museum in Utrecht to see the HOPMI Chair; you can enjoy one in your own dinning room. Cityscapes Gallery is very pleased to have this masterpiece of constructivist architecture in the Collection. The chair is well made, exactly conform the original drawings that the Centraal Museum keeps in its archives. And the price is moderate: 575 euro, or even better: 2.000 euro for a set of four.