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The Central Museum's restaurant, Café Centraal features many remarkable chairs by Dutch designers that are also included in the Central Museum's collection

Gerrit Rietveld's Military Chair _ is iconic and stands among the modern design chairs in the Café Central

Project Centraal Museum
Location Utrecht
Furniture Lensvelt Contract Furniture and Spectrum
Photography Lotte Stekelenburg

Chairs in Cafe Central

Café Centraal features many special chairs by Dutch designers that are also in the Central Museum's collection. Read more about the furniture and their designers here.

To mark the inauguration of the newly furnished cafe, Lensvelt organized an event together with Spectrum and Het Centraal Museum in the context of our interview series "May I Have Your Attention, Please?".

A series of interviews organized by Lensvelt, conducted by design journalist Jeroen Junte. The concept consists of a conversation with an established designer/entrepreneur and an up-and-coming talent.

In this case, CEO of Lensvelt, Hans Lensvelt was the established entrepreneur and Titus Darley of Spectrum Design and founder of RSGA Design, the young entrepreneur.

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Shaker Chair (1998)


Simple and timeless. Rotterdam designer Joep van Lieshout (1963) drew inspiration for this beechwood chair from the primitive conservative Shakers. This religious community settled in America at the end of the 18th century and was completely self-sufficient. They designed their own furniture, which was characterized by pure simplicity. 

Shaker Chair (1998)
Designer: Joep van Lieshout/Atelier Van Lieshout
Producer: Lensvelt

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Shaker Chair_ by Joep van Lieshout is a simple and timeless piece

Spider Chair_ is an artisanal, modern and stackable wooden chair

Spider Chair

Artist Joep Van Lieshout worked for four years to design and develop this chair. Condition: the chair had to be easy to stack.
The Spider chair is made without screws, as a tribute to the traditional craftsmanship of an artisan furniture maker.
Because the legs are spread apart like a spider, the chair was given the name "spider". 

Spider Chair (2012)
Designer: Joep van Lieshout/Atelier Van Lieshout
Producer: Lensvelt

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W.H. Gispen 101 Chair

Designer W.H. Gispen (1890-1981) is known as the man who modernized heavy Dutch oak interiors with light tubular steel furniture. He designed this iconic W.H. Gispen 101 Chair of which Lensvelt holds the rights to produce.

W.H. Gispen 101 Chair (1954)
Designer: Willem Hendrik Gispen
Producer: Lensvelt

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W.H. Gispen 101 Chair_ is a classic chair in oak

Made in The Workshop_ by Piet Hein Eek is a classic and functional chair

Made in the Workshop Wooden Chair

The Made In The Workshop series is a collaboration between Lensvelt and Piet Hein Eek. When Hans Lensvelt approached Piet Hein Eek to develop a product for the Lensvelt Collection, he presented a diverse set of drawings. The ‘Made in The Workshop Chair’, was the prelude, the chair was then altered, adjusted and further developed.

Made In The Workshop Chair (2012)
Designer: Piet Hein Eek
Producer: Lensvelt

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Maarten Baas 101 wooden chair

The 101 chair designed by Maarten Baas is available with four different back rests. This type of chair is bringing a touch of nature back into a space. The simplicity of the sleek lines and smoothness will allow this chair to fit into any setting. Made from plywood, oak veneer. The standard color of the frame is black. 

Maarten Baas 101 Chair wood
Designer: Maarten Baas
Producer: Lensvelt

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Maarten Baas wooden chair_ brings a touch of nature back into any space

No Sign of Design_ is a functional and no-nonsense chair

No Sign Of Design Chair

A chair that is part of the 'No Sign of Design' family, which Richard Hutten originally created for his graduation project at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. It represents sober, no-nonsense and functional furniture. 

No Sign Of Design Chair (1998)
Designer: Richard Hutten
Producer: Lensvelt

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During the event, guests and interviewees sat on designer chairs in the Cafe Central. CEO Hans Lensvelt on stage with Jeroen Junte, director of Het Centraal Museum Bart Rutten looks on (center).

All chairs in the Cafe Central are wooden chairs, provided through Spectrum and Lensvelt