Willem Hendrik Gispen
Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890 - 1981) started in 1916 the art forge W.H. Gispen & Co in Rotterdam.
The first products to leave the workshop were mostly embellished unicum’s of wrought iron, copper or bronze.
Soon the company expanded and changed his name into Gispen's Fabriek voor Metaalbewerking N.V. (Gispen’s Factory for Metallurgie). In 1926 Gispen started with the production of Giso-lamps and three years later, as the first factory in The Netherlands, he started with the manufacturing of steel tube furniture for home and office.
W.H. Gispen is considered to be one of the most important Dutch pioneers of the Functionalism.
Though he gladly spoke of “Artless utensils”, the aesthetics were his main starting-point. Important projects by Gispen are the Van Nelle fabriek in Rotterdam by architects J.A. Brinkman & L.C. van der Vlugt and the Raadhuis in Hilversum by W.M. Dudok.