The Hollandsche Patent Metaal Industrie or “HOPMI” was a manufacturer of several metal specialties. Parts for Bicycles for instance as locks. It also manufactured 2 HOPMI chairs designed by Gerrit Rietveld somewhere in 1932. One of the two was acquired by a Dutch Univereity professor, Prof. Lanjouw from Utrecht, whose heirs have given this chair on loan to the Central Museum of Utrecht in 2008. The Utrecht Central has the largest collection of Rietveld chairs. Then this chair was actually rediscovered. I posted about the discovery in 2008 already.
Later a Dutch architect, Victor Veldhuizen van Zanten gor the idea to create a limited edition of 250 Hopmi Chairs in cooperation with a grandson of Gerrit Rietveld, Egbert Rietveld, who runs the label Rietveld Originals.
According to My Modern and photo’s of their site the limited edition was produced by Precision Engineered Products Inc. There is even a one page site rietveldhopmistoel.nl
The photo here I took at the home of a friend who has bought one of te limited edition chairs.
Found this abandoned chair it in The Hague.
Found this Ceramic Street Chair in Rotterdam
Sold as lot of the important Boyd collection sale of Wright for a whopping $40,000 while estimated at $7,000–9,000. Produced by Berliner Metallwerkstätten Josef Müller, Germany, 1930.
provenance: Custom-ordered in 1930 by Adriaan Roland Holst, Sloterdijk, The Netherlands | Annie ’Rolanda’ Roland Holst | Richard Roland Holst | Private Collection, California | Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd
Adriaan Roland Holst was a Dutch writer, nicknamed the “Prince of Dutch Poets”. He was the second winner, in 1948, of the Constantijn Huygens Prize. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Holst was the nephew of painter Richard Roland Holst and writer Henriette Roland Holst. Wikipedia
Born: May 23, 1888, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 5, 1976, Bergen, Netherlands
Education: University of Oxford (1908–1911)
This rare Zwaan Chair by Gerrit Rietveld was sold at a November 8, 2018 Wright Auction of the Boyd Collection. It was estimated $10,000–15,000 and sold for $25,000.