Gispen 5600 bookcase unit Gispen Culemborg 1963 large





Introducing a unique and flexible bookcase or storage system from the 5600 series, designed by Andre Cordemeijer and manufactured by Gispen Culemborg in The Netherlands in 1963. This versatile system offers a customizable and modular approach to storage, making it an ideal solution for both residential and commercial spaces. The 5600 series is renowned for its clever assembly system, allowing you to easily take it apart and reassemble it in various configurations. This flexibility provides you with the freedom to adapt the unit to your specific needs, whether you’re creating a bookcase, a storage unit, or a room divider. A copy of the original assembly instructions is included, guiding you through the process of setting up and customizing your unit.


This particular bookcase/storage unit is in good condition, displaying regular wear from its age yet remaining well-kept and clean. Its age-related marks add character without compromising its functionality or aesthetic appeal. The 5600 series is akin to a puzzle, offering interchangeable parts that can be rearranged and stacked to create different designs. The system includes cabinets of varying heights, allowing you to add shelves, writing surfaces, drawers, and cupboards to the vertical structures. This flexibility means you can use the unit to organize books, display decorative items, or even create a small workspace. Additionally, its modularity makes it an excellent choice for dividing a room without the need for permanent walls or structures.


Back in the 1960s, the 5600 series came in a variety of cheerful colors, lending it a modern and vibrant look. The flexibility in color options and arrangement even prompted comparisons to the style of famous Mondrian paintings, with their iconic geometric shapes and bold color schemes. This specific bookcase has a very neutral colour pattern with mainly grey (light and dark), green, white and black. The 5600 system was an improvement over an earlier design from 1954, featuring easier assembly and more parts, providing a broader range of customization options. Its enduring appeal lies in its adaptability and ability to evolve with your changing needs, making it a timeless and practical addition to any space.


Whether you’re seeking a versatile storage solution, a modular bookcase, or an innovative room divider, this 5600 series bookcase/storage unit offers a perfect blend of design, functionality, and flexibility, allowing you to create the setup that best suits your lifestyle and interior design vision.

Literature; Collectie Gispen NAI 1996, page 129
Designer: Andre Cordemeijer
Type: 5600 modular unit
Manufacturer: Gispen
Year: 1963
Country: Netherlands
Materials: Metal, glass
Condition: Good, original
Height: 227 cm
Width: 293 cm
Depth: 35 cm
Item nr: PMF21AU04

Holland / Belgium: € 50
Europe: € 150 - 750
Outside Europe: € 1000 - 2000

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