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Pyramid café 21 table

Hay – Wim Rietveld, 1958

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Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Designed in the late 1950s, the Pyramid tables were among the first to use the cut sheet steel technique. Solid, light and comfortable, this furniture series was originally designed to equip schools in the Netherlands. Their qualities  allowed them to quickly enter the homes, and to be relaunched today by Hay who offers it in five elegant finishes.

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Dimensions 70 x 70 x H74 cm or Ø70 x H74 cm
Materials metal frame, solid oak top

Round table – Ø70 cm

Square table – 70 x 70 cm

Examples:

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Ø70 cm / oiled oak / beige base

Ø70 cm / oiled oak / black base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Ø70 cm / oiled oak / tomato red base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

70 x 70 cm / oiled oak / beige base

70 x 70 cm / oiled oak / black base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

70 x 70 cm / oiled oak / tomato red base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

70 x 70 cm / clear lacquered oak / beige base

70 x 70 cm / clear lacquered oak / black base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

70 x 70 cm / clear lacquered oak / tomato red base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

70 x 70 cm / matt lacquered oak / beige base

70 x 70 cm / matt lacquered oak / black base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Ø70 cm / smoked oak / beige base

Ø70 cm / smoked oak / black base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Ø70 cm / smoked oak / tomato red base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959
Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

70 x 70 cm / smoked oak / beige base

70 x 70 cm / smoked oak / black base

Pyramid café 21 tables  Wim Rietveld, 1958 - 1959

Wim Rietveld

Wim Rietveld

Dutch-born Wim Rietveld (1924-1985) was an industrial furniture designer. He studied Industrial Design at The Hague Academy in 1950, before becoming head of design at Gispen in 1953. In 1958, he started working at De Cirkel, a manufacturer of steel furniture that had merged with the Ahrend group in 1939. Here he met Friso Kramer, and together they developed a number of iconic design collaborations, including the Result Chair in 1958. Rietveld also designed the Pyramid Tables and Chairs for Ahrend.

Rietveld was known for his functionalist chairs, tables and storage systems, but he also designed agricultural machinery, boats and trains.

Alongside his design work, Wim Rietveld also lectured at the Royal Academy and the Technical University in Delft.