Mondrian (De Stijl) Inspired 7 Series

Mondrian Inspired 7 Series by Arne Jacobsen
This 7 series Chair by Arne Jacobsen has been finished in a Mondrian (De Stijl) inspired way.

Via matchstickbox et cetera.

Photos of Abandoned Sofas in Suburban Australia

Via Feature Shoot I found Paul Batt, an Australian photographer who makes a series of abandonned sofas in Australia. The only reason his work caught my attention is the background of this abandoned sofa which looks like a Mondrian, member of de Stijl, inspired front of a building…all the way Down Under….

De Stijl Magazine – J.J.P. Oud Bench vs Berlage Bench

J.J.P. Oud bench in magazine De Stijl
For me learning about De Stijl, a group of artists, designers and architects, but also the name of a Dutch magazine by the same name, is part of uncovering the history of chair design. Therefore I’m sharing this find of the scans of the first 3 volumes of the magazine “De Stijl” by … the University Library of the University of Iowa.
De Stijl magazine was edited by Theo van Doesburg. Leiden, 1917-1932. In total 8 volumes with 90 numbers were published.

The print is from the hall of a Dutch holiday home designed by J.J.P. Oud with benches integrated in the structure of the hall.

Berlage Bench Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Although Hendrik Petrus Berlage was not part of De Stijl as he was from a slightly older generation of architects, he must have influenced the members of De Stijl. He integrated a bench in a similar way in the The Hague City Museum of Modern Art (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag). Unfortunately The angle of my lens was not wide enough to capture both benches at once:-)

Update 2023: later I found out that Oud knew Berlage and worked with him and thus is most likely influenced by him as well.

Tubular Crosslegged Zig Zag Chair by Gerrit Rietveld

Tubular Crosslegged Zig Zag by Gerrit Rietveld

Tubular Crosslegged Zig Zag by Gerrit Rietveld 2

As of last year the Central Museum of Utrecht has put its Rietveld Collection online. There I found this Tubular Crosslegged Zig Zag Chair.

Tubular Steel Armchair by Theo van Doesburg

Tubular Steel Chair by Theo van Doesburg
Photo by Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal
Photo of Van Doesburg tubular chair for his studio in Meudon

And thanks to this online gallery of the Guardian Theo van Doesburg comes to Tate Modern I can add a fourth chair known to be designed by Theo van Doesburg, shortly before his untimely death in 1931. The old photo of this chair thanks to the Netherlands Institute for Art History, which mentions the chair was for his studio in Meudon.