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Gerrit Veenendaal 502 low chair with armrests

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Article number 20221202-010
The Story

The new Gerrit Veenendaal chair collection for Lensvelt.

The lesser known but highly creative Gerrit Veenendaal (born in 1904) designed several iconic chairs for Kembo.

Kembo stood for " Kom eerst maar bij ons’ (Come to us first)," the company that famous furniture maker W.H. Gispen set up with his cousin-in-law Ru Meijer in 1953.

The origin of the Gerrit Veenendaal chair

Our current Easy Chair is inspired by a 1958 design by Gerrit Veenendaal, a chair from Kembo's collection, available in several variants: a dining chair with or without plastic armrests (G4 and G3). And a more luxurious low version with a seat made of thicker and more comfortable polyether, also available with or without wooden armrests (G8 and G7).

Who was Gerrit Veenendaal

Gerrit Veenendaal (1904-1992) was an electrician by profession when he married Anna Frederika van Mourik in 1932. They had two sons: Hendrik (1939) and Frederik (1940). After completing his education at the technical school, Veenendaal worked at the Gazelle bicycle factory in his hometown of Dieren.

On the eve of the German invasion of the Netherlands, he was drafted as a military soldier and fought in the Battle of the Grebbeberg. After the capitulation, he was made a prisoner of war and transported to Neubrandenburg in East Germany to work. At the end of the war, after joining the Internal Armed Forces, he contributed to the liberation of the city of Groningen in April 1945.

After the war, Gerrit and his brother Henk started a factory in rubber grips for bicycle handlebars. The factory grew into Recticel, a factory that produced polyether and foam rubber for mattresses, furniture and car seats. One of its customers was Kembo, in The Hague.

The Kembo factory in Rhenen was located in an old factory hall of Recticel, a foam rubber factory.  After a fire in July 1957, several Recticel employees transferred to Kembo's upholstery department. Including Gerrit: the brother of director Hendrik Veenendaal. Gerrit became head of production, steelwork and upholstery at Kembo. The design of the Kembo chair dates from this period.

Lensvelt x Kembo

Kembo, founded in 1953 by Ru Meijer and Willem Hendrik Gispen, was acquired by Lensvelt in 2014.

With this acquisition Lensvelt obtained the rights of most Kembo designs. Including those of W.H.Gispen and those of Gerrit Veenendaal.

Lensvelt now has seven classics of the more than 50 chairs designed by W.H.Gispen for Kembo in the collection.

Gerrit Veenendaal's classic designs have been redeveloped and are now being added.The Lensvelt Collection embraces the future, the present and the past.The chairs designed by Gerrit Veenendaal are a link to history. 

The four chairs that are added to the collection are:
The Gerrit Veenendaal 101: dining room chair without armrests.
The Gerrit Veenendaal 102: dining room chair with armrests.
The Gerrit Veenendaal 501: low chair without armrests.
The Gerrit Veenendaal 502: low chair with armrests.

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