Willem Hendrik Gispen - De Machinekamer

Willem Hendrik Gispen

A brief history of Gispen. Known for, among other things, tubular frame seats. De Machinekamer has a large collection of vintage Gispen chairs and armchairs. View the collection online. Lees meer

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Willem Hendrik Gispen

Willem Hendrik Gispen


In 1916 Willen Hendrik Gispen bought a small ornamental forge on the Coolsingel and calls this factory Gispen & Co. In this early period, Gispen manufactured shutters, bronze fronts and ironwork. Later he also starts to manufacture smaller products such as the Giso lamps, which are produced in series.

Gispen and tubular frame

The production of tubular steel furniture started in 1928. Best-known designs are the armchair 412 and chair 101/201. Gispen leaves the company in 1949 and starts Kembo in 1953. He is also a freelance designer working for Emmeinstaal and Riemersma.


Gispen at De Machinekamer

De Machinekamer has many chairs from W.H. Gispen. View the current collection online.