Born in 1924 in Bussum, Holland, André Robert (A. R.) Cordemeyer was a prolific Dutch industrial designer active in the 1950s-60s, working chiefly for manufacturing brand Gipsen.
It’s believed that Cordemeyer began his career as an engineer within a chimney factory in Castrium, following mechanical engineering studies at the Technical College in Amsterdam. Though it’s not clear when Cordemeyer shifted his focus to industrial design, he began to work for Gispen sometime around 1954. At this time, W. H. Gispen had resigned from his position as head designer, and Wim Rietveld, son of Gerrit Rietveld, was already designing for the company. During their tenures at Gispen, the younger Rietveld and Cordemeyer both developed pared down, functionalist designs—often working in collaboration—with a focus on practical, affordable furniture for office interiors.
As an industrial designer Cordemeijer sought new adaptations in production. He made use of new materials such as polyester and he was constantly working to improve existing designs. Cordemeijer is credited with convincing Gispen to introduce polypropylene into its production sometime around 1956. As a result, Gispen was the first Dutch manufacturer to industrially produce plastic furniture.