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Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
One of the central characters of the de Stijl artistic movement, architect and furniture designer Gerrit Thomas Rietveld is best known for creating the original Red and Blue Chair.
A self-taught artist, painter and model-maker, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld opened his own furniture workshop in 1917 and designed the iconic Red and Blue Chair in the same year. Becoming a member of de Stijl in 1919, Rietveld changed the chair’s colours to reflect those of the movement. Forming a close partnership with the Bauhaus, Rietveld exhibited there after receiving a personal invitation from its founder Walter Gropius.
Breaking with the de Stijl movement in 1928, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld went on to design the iconic Zig-Zag Chair in 1934 as well as many internationally-renowned buildings. The brains behind buildings such as the Schröder House in Utrecht, the Dutch pavilion for the 1953 Venice Biennale and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, Rietveld’s creations can still be seen across the globe today.
Limited Edition 635 Chair Black, Green & White
Originally designed in 1920 by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, this limited edition version of the iconic 635 Chair is crafted by Cassina and finished in black, green and white hues.
A chromatic evolution of Rietveld’s 1918 Red and Blue Chair, this green edition was initially developed for the school teacher Wicher Zeilmaker and would make a sculptural addition to any contemporary space.
Showcasing a black-stained beechwood body with contrasting white accents, the chair’s seat is crafted from multi-plywood painted in a rich green lacquer. Finished with leather seat and backrest cushions in the same green hue, this limited edition chair would enhance any décor.
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