Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas (Utrecht 24 June 1888 – 25 June 1964), architect and furniture maker, learned the art of furniture making from his father. He developed his skills in architectural drawing and later architecture through additional training courses, which brought him in contact with members of De Stijl such as Robert van ‘t Hoff, Bart van der Leck and Theo van Doesburg.
In 1919, Rietveld established himself as an independent architect and joined De Stijl. Rietveld’s furniture designs from this period, which were executed in characteristic primary colors (red, yellow, blue), are pure representations of De Stijl concepts. In 1921, he met Truus Schröder-Schräder, for whom he designed, in close consultation, the Schröder House in 1924.
When De Stijl was disbanded in 1931, a difficult period started for Rietveld. The Depression and the war led to a slowdown in the construction business. However, Rietveld did make a large number of furniture designs in this period. RIETVELD Originals brings a range of Gerrit Rietveld’s well-known and lesser-known furniture designs to the market.
In 1923, Rietveld designed a furniture series for the Catholic Military Hostel in Utrecht. Used nuts and bolts for the first time instead of wooden dowels, he developed a series of very solid designs. The military furniture, which is characterized by the use of square cross ties, is produced in various colors, whereby the tops are always painted in a contrasting color.
Measures: 40 x 45 x 45 h
Limited edition (nr 3) Celebration 100 years "DE STIJL"