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Red and Blue Chair

Red And Blue Chair, 1917
Cassina, Italy

Designer
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Material

Lacquered wood

Dimensions
W 66 cm, H 88 cm, D 83 cm

 

The Red Blue Chair was a chair designed in 1917 by Gerrit Rietveld. It represents one of the first explorations by the De Stijl art movement in three dimensions.

The original chair was painted in the familiar De Stijl palette of primary colours - that is, black, grey, and white. However, it was later changed to resemble the paintings of Piet Mondrian when Rietveld came into contact with this artist's work in 1918.

Rietveld joined the De Stijl movement in 1919. The chair currently resides at the Atlanta Museum of High Art. It features several Rietveld joints.

Source(s):
- www.gerrit-rietveld.nl
- www.cassina.com
- www.moma.org