How to construct a Rietveld chair

How to construct a Rietveld chair

A chair lover shouldn’t be without this book.

Functionalfate.org – Jens Thiel’s Monobloc Plastic Chairs Weblog [Disappeared]


Photo thanks to Austrian Der Standart

Functionalfate.org – Jens Thiel’s Monobloc Plastic Chairs Weblog was a blog tat disappeared in the meantime. I noticed it already when I was playing with the idea of starting my own Blog devoted to Chairs. Jens is addicted to the monobloc plastic chair:

This ceramic edition is less sore for my eyes;-)

His credo is:

practical / inexpensive / ecological / lightweight / washable / warm / sturdy / clean / weatherproof / inconspicuous / comfortable / stackable / smooth / airy / contemporary / ubiquitous / pragmatic MONOBLOC PLASTIC CHAIRS

His aim is collecting plastic chairs and work on an extensive illustrated monograph (partly to be seen in an article of ArtReview), to establish a museum exhibition and a documentary feature about this most successful and most hated furniture of all human creation: the monobloc plastic chair. He warmly invites everybody to contribute photos, stories or even chairs.

Well Jens, contact me: I have some of those for you:-)

Coming to think of it: This much hated monobloc plastic chair could be an excellent attribute for the Little People A tiny street art project Blog.

Update: Functinal Fate has disappeared but I found a German alternative dedicated to the monoblock chair: PlastikStuhl. Moreover: Jens Thiel‘s Flickr account seems still in operation.

Philippe Starck: Toy Chair (1999)

The 1999 Philippe Starck stackable Toy Chair, designed for Driade has many faces as this photo shows already.

Rietveld’s Steltman Chair

Rietveld’s Steltman Chair

the chair he designed for the Steltman Jewelry Store

Photo thanks to Rietveld by Rietveld.

To conclude this short series on Rietveld chairs this extra ordinary design made for Steltman Jewelers established in The Hague since 1917.

4 Rietveld Zig Zag Chairs and Table at Christie’s Amsterdam

4 Rietveld Zig Zag Chairs and Table at Christie’s Amsterdam

Photo thanks to Christie’s

This set was designed and made by Gerrit Rietveld for Annie and Carel Bendien, friends of Gerrit. They gave it to a niece where it stayed up to the present day when it was auctioned at Christie’s in Amsterdam.