He was a Dutch industrial and furniture designer. His father was the well-known architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld.
Wim Rietveld received a technical education and began his career as a constructor of large equipment; among others, he was employed at Servo Balans, a company specialized in industrial weighing equipment. In 1950 he enrolled as one of the first students of a newly established course in industrial design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
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