André R. Cordemeyer (1924-1998), designer. Cordemeyer was born in Bussum, studied mechanical engineering and worked as an engineer at a fireplace factory in Castricum. Later he joined the bed factory Auping in Deventer, where he worked on hospital beds and designed the Cleopatra bed. Afterwards, he became an independent designer, designing transport vehicles (Buiscar), polyester items, pans and furniture for the Gispen company. In a 1964 interview, he said: ‘The designers should be able to show what they are capable of without making the manufacturers afraid by bragging about the designs. Industrial design is not an art form, it is a craft like any other craft.’ Cordemeyer has been the chairman of KIO (Association of Industrial Designers) and he has worked for Kema and the Nationaal Energie Programma (National Energy Programme).
The Dutch version of this biography is taken from the book Visies op vormgeving, het Nederlandse ontwerpen in teksten deel 2: 1940-2000 (2008) by Frederike Huygen. The following source has been used for this biography:
– Pruys-van der Geest, H. ‘Industriële vormgeving is geen kunst maar een vak’, Het Parool 17 oktober 1964.