In 1917 Gerrit Rietveld designed the Red Blue Chair which signaled a radical change in architectural theory. This chair was originally constructed in a natural wood finish, but in 1921 Gerrit Rietveld began an association with the De Stijl movement that led to the distinctive painting of this revolutionary chair.
Gerrit Rietveld's unusual furniture designs led to several housing commissions, which he invariably designed in a Neo-plastic style. Gerrit Rietveld was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1888. He was originally a qualified cabinet-maker. From 1930 he was working as an independent architect. Until 1931 Rietveld was a member of the artist group "De Stijl". He died in Utrecht in 1964.
"The chair (read Red and Blue Chair) was specifically built to show that it is possible to create something beautiful, a spatial creation, with simple machine- processed parts. I cut a board of wood into planks and squares. I then sawed the middle part into two for the seat and the backrest, and I made the frame part out of the different lengths of plank. But as I was working on the chair, it never crossed my mind that one day it would become so significant that it would even influence architecture." - Gerrit Rietveld, about the Red and Blue Chair.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 34 3/4" D 32 3/4" W 26"
Materials: Lacquered plywood Red and Blue armchair with blue, red, yellow and black paint.
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