The Dutch designer Wim Rietveld studied Industrial Design at The Hague Academy. And after graduating, he followed in his fathers footsteps: the world-famous architect and design Gerrit Th. Rietveld. Wim Rietveld became a true trailblazer in Dutch industrial design. His design are modern, simple and with strong powerful shapes. These simple, functional interiors are in line with the ideas of the Dutch design movement Goed Wonen (good living). The Panama hat lamp was designed by Wim Rietveld in 1956 when he was had of the design department of Gispen, an iconic Dutch furniture and lighting company, famous for his pre-war furniture in tubular steel. This lamp is bought by its first owners in 1957.