Gispen 100 activity 

100 years of Gispen!


Gispen will celebrate its 100th anniversary on September 4, 2016. To celebrate this memorable event, Gispen will publish an anniversary book and organise a number of remarkable exhibitions and activities. Various museums have offered to take part.


The centenary celebrations have inspired Gispen to do something out of the ordinary: reflecting on the past. Normally Gispen only tends to look forward, to the future. And it has been that way ever since Willem Hendrik Gispen took over a forge in Rotterdam on September 4, 1916. Gispen converted this forge into a modern steelworks in a relatively short period of time. In Culemborg, the steelworks evolved into an innovative company that specialises in office-, educational-, care sector and home furnishings. Gispen is commemorating its 100th anniversary in many different ways. Follow the numerous activities and exclusive giveaways via social media, and the Gispen newsletter (subscribe via our website).


The ‘We are Gispen’ book

Who are the people behind the Gispen brand? Gispen owes its success to the know-how and commitment of its employees, designers, suppliers, clients and thinkers. They are also responsible for all the new ideas, projects and products. Their stories can be read in the ‘We are Gispen’ book. These stories combined give a great impression of the company’s character. The first copy shall be presented to Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam, during the book launch party on September 16.

Retailing at € 29.95 and available in stores from September 17.

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Boijmans van Beuningen: ‘Gispen Specials’ exhibition

Visitors of the ‘Gispen Specials – The Customer is Always Right’ exhibition at the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum will get to admire some of Gispen’s hidden beauties. The museum selected over seventy special and limited production models. These designs are representative of the quality and the versatility the company had (and still has) to offer, which made Dutch Design famous all around the world. Almost all of the exhibited models were custom orders from clients who wanted something special at the time.

Get the full experience with the well-illustrated ‘Gispen Specials – The Customer is Always Right’-catalogue. A handy booklet (224 pages) consisting of a comprehensive overview of all the specials. 
Available for € 11.95 at the museum entrance or in the shop.


The models are on display from 10 September 2016 up until 26 February 2017.   

 Win a Maarten Baas chair| Gispen

Giveaway: More or Less chairs

Visitors will have a chance to win a set of two Maarten Baas designed More or Less Gispen dining room chairs. All they have to do is snap a shot of their favourite special and share it via #mygispenspecial.


Combined ticket

Opposite the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum lies the Sonneveld House, which will also open its doors during the ‘Gispen Specials’ exhibition. Tickets are only € 5 upon presentation of a Boijmans-ticket.


September 9 & 10 The ‘specials’ walk

There will be a walk along all the ‘Gispen-Specials’ locations during the weekend of September 9 and 10. The Waalse Kerk will open its doors on this special occasion. On top of that, the Sonneveld House will have free entrance all weekend long.


Gispen-day and -weekend in Rotterdam

The Boijmans van Beuningen museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Sonneveld House, Gispen and the  Gispen Collection Foundation will organise the following activities collectively:


Sunday, October 9 Gispen day

A programme filled with interesting lectures, tours and activities. Visitors can have their own Gispen items appraised by a panel of experts (similar to, for instance, the Antiques Roadshow).


December 10 & 11 Gispen weekend

Willem Hendrik Gispen was born on December 7, 1890. We will commemorate and honour this remarkable designer during the Gispen weekend. Patrick Lems, Gispen’s personal ‘professor of chairs’, will give two lectures on ‘100 years of seating solutions’. There will also be a tour round the ‘Gispen Specials’ exhibition. The Sonneveld House can be visited without charge upon presentation of a Boijmans-ticket, which also gives you free access to a tour round the Waalse Kerk.


Visit the website of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen for more information.

 Gispen Hotel deal with Hotel New York


The Hotel New York ‘I love Gispen’ package

Hotel New York offers the special ‘I love Gispen’ package for the duration of the exhibition:


  • tickets for the ‘Gispen Specials – The Customer is Always Right’ exhibition
  • an overnight stay in a special room
  • an extensive breakfast buffet at Hotel New York
  • parking ticket (1 car per package)
  • a return ticket Hotel New York – Veerhaven by water taxi


Visit the website of Hotel New York for reservations and more information


‘Long live Gispen, Gispen for life’ exhibition

What is it that makes Gispen so special? The Elisabeth Orphanage Museum in Culemborg will illustrate this with this exhibition. The exhibition will highlight the social side of the business as well as employees’ joint activities, such as children’s camps and even a photography club. In 1955, Gispen was one of the first companies to establish a works council. In the eighties, a group of committed staff members safeguarded the company’s design collection and archives. Visitors can admire various pieces of Gispen furniture at the exhibition but there are also stories to listen to from (former) staff members.  


The exhibition is open to the public from 10 September 2016 up until 26 February 2017.


Gispen table tennis club


Gispen table tennis club

Theatre walk
The ‘Gispen Spirit’ theatre walk will be organised on April 1 and 2, 2017. The five scenes, which will be performed in and around the Elisabeth Orphanage Museum, connect to the theme of the exhibition.


Visit the website of Elisabeth Weeshuis for more information


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