RED AND BLUE

Design Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

ESSENCE OF SCULPTURE

Designed by Rietveld in 1918, Red & Blue is a design armchair in the guise of a Rationalist geometric sculpture. A genuine masterpiece of design, among the foremost examples of Neoplasticism promoted by the Dutch De Stijl movement.

PRODUCTION YEAR

1973

A sculptural seat with a pure and rationalist form, this chair became an authentic Manifesto for Neoplasticism, embraced by the Dutch De Stijl movement in 1917. An outlook shared by Piet Mondrian, whose objective was to seek out the essential nature of things, combined with the harmonious equivalence of colours, and the use of right-angle. Rietveld produced his first prototypes in 1918, expressing the philosophy of organising space using the same colours for similar components. He later applied this same approach to separate out constructional elements according to their function. Thus the base was black, and the seats coloured. As a consequence, the name of the piece changed, from Slat Chair to Red and Blue.

I Maestri

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, born in Utrecht on 24 June 1888, seems possessed of two personalities, each so distinct that one might take his work to be that of more than one artist. The first personality is that seen in the craftsman cabinet-maker working in a primordial idiom, re-inventing chairs and other furniture as if no one had ever built them before him and following a structural code all of his own; the second is that of the architect working with elegant formulas, determined to drive home the rationalist and neoplastic message in the context of European architecture. The two activities alternate, overlap, and fuse in a perfect osmosis unfolding then into a logical sequence.

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Rietveld worked on the early prototypes of this high-backed armchair interpreting the philosophy of spatial organization through the use of flat surfaces and monochrome spaces that intersect.

Seat/Backrest

Birch plywood with edges and top in beech veneer.

Structure

Solid beech.

Seat finish

Polyester paint, semi-gloss, blue colors.

PRODUCTION YEAR

1973

DESIGN BY
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
PRODUCTION YEAR

1973

DESIGN BY
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

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