Red Blue Rietveld Chair (Photo Moma)
ZigZag by Jenner
Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld after whom the Amsterdam art school Gerrit Rietveld Academie has been named, designed the Red and Blue (in 1917) and Zig Zag (in 1932) chairs which are world famous.
Red-Blue and Zig Zag are still being produced by Cassina in their Master “I Maestri” Series.
In 2004 a grandson and a great grandson of Gerrit have formed a company Rietveld by Rietveld to start again with the production of several of Gerrit’s furniture designs, because as they say: There is more to Rietveld than the Red-Blue and ZigZag only: All in all there are 215 Rietveld furniture designs. So there remains a lot to do for them.
I tried to find a flashier photo of ZigZag on the web, but found this photo of Edward Jenner, a Dutch architect who after obtaining the book “How to construct Rietveld furniture” made his own ZigZag. Although it is not the nicest photo, I believe his ZigZag copy is very much how Rietveld himself would have made it. In addition I adore the Rietveld Babychair copy Jenner made for his daughter:
Rietveld Baby Chair by Jenner
Can you imagine that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed this chair already in 1929?
Photo thanks to Knoll.
Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
A chair lover’s must have :The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. “Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam” means the Municipal Museum of Amsterdam (I don’t know why they don’t use MMA for it).
The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam provides a comprehensive overview of the Stedelijk Museum’s furniture collecting activities from 1934 to 2000. It charts the rich collection, which includes work by P. Berlage, K.P.C. de Bazel, Piet Kramer, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Martin Visser, Piet Hein Eek and Marcel Wanders, as well as international furniture classics designed by Michael Thonet, Charlotte Perriand, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Joe Colombo, Arne Jacobsen, Ettore Sottsas, Phillippe Starck and Ron Arad. Besides a complete overview of the furniture collection, this annotated catalogue includes an introduction to the history of the museum’s collection and exhibition activities. Furthermore a number of themes, such as international and Dutch icons, contrasts and evolutions, are discussed in short texts.
The spectacular presentation Kramer vs. Rietveld – Contrasts in the furniture collection, one of the opening exhibitions in the Stedelijk Museum’s temporary location on the Oosterdokskade is being organized to celebrate the publication of this massive descriptive catalogue.
Thanks to Steel Classic I can show you these two armchairs of not only famous architect but also chair designer Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who chose to be known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965).
Amazing how colors make a difference huh?
Thonet no 14
My source for this photo: 64 chairs.