Rietveld @ 120

Gerrit Rietveld (June 24, 1888June 26, 1964) was a Dutch furniture designer and architect.


Leunsteul van Rietveld. Circa 1918. Published in De Stijl, second year, number 11 (September 1919). Photographer unknown, so copyright expired on 1-1-1990.

Rietveld designed the Red and Blue Chair in 1917, but changed its colors to the familiar style in 1918 after he became influenced by the ‘De Stijl‘ movement

Rietveld chair

Picture of a replicum of the Red and Blue Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Picture taken by Wikipedia user Ellywa, with permission of the owner of the chair.

See also Dutch design, modernist design.

3 thoughts on “Rietveld @ 120

  1. lichanos

    Yeah…chair as art object.

    Fascinating that during the early modern period, the measure of an architect was to some degree how beautiful a chair he could design…

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