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637 Utrecht armchair

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  • Description

    A moving tribute to the city of his birth, the chair Utrecht captures the remarkable talent of the Dutch designer Gerrit T. Rietveld. A leading member of the influential movement De Stijl, Rietveld reveled in experimenting with unconventional forms and forged a unique style that later became the signature of the designer. Absolutely unique, the chair of Utrecht is visually stunning as it is comfortable with a great profile. The seat is slightly raised from the ground at an angle of inclination, while the arms and legs combine to form an 'L'. Imaginative and timeless, the chair Utrecht is undoubtedly a legendary piece of mid-century furniture design.

  • Technical Info

    Measurement: W: 64 x D: 85 x H: 70 cm

    Material: Steel supporting frame. Polyurethane foam and polyester padding. Fabric upholstery with white fine stitching. Leather upholstery is available for the armchair and the straight sofas. Feet in black plastic material.

  • Designer
    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

    Gerrit Rietveld (24 June 1888-26 June 1964) was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. One of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl, Rietveld is famous for his Red and Blue Chair and for the Rietveld Schröder House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Rietveld was the son of a joiner and began work as an apprentice to his father. He afterwards set up in business as a cabinet-maker.
    Rietveld designed his famous Red and Blue Chair in 1917. In 1918, he started his own furniture factory, and changed the chair's colors after becoming influenced by the 'De Stijl' movement, of which he became a member in 1919, the same year in which he became an architect. He designed his first building, the Rietveld Schröder House, in 1924, in close collaboration with the owner Truus Schröder-Schräder. Built in Utrecht on the Prins Hendriklaan 50, the house has a conventional ground floor, but is radical on the top floor, lacking fixed walls but instead relying on sliding walls to create and change living spaces. The design seems like a three-dimensional realization of a Mondrian painting. The house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
    Rietveld broke with the 'De Stijl' in 1928 and became associated with a more functionalist style of architecture known as either Nieuwe Zakelijkheid or Nieuwe Bouwen. The same year he joined the Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne. He designed the Zig-Zag chair in 1934 and started the design of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which was finished after his death. He built hundreds of homes, many of which in the city of Utrecht.
    His work was neglected when rationalism came into vogue but he later benefited from a revival of the style of the 1920s thirty years later.

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    • Black leather
    • Charlot 02 Orange
    • Charlot 04 Purple
    • Charlot 05 Light blue
    • Charlot 10 Red
    • Charlot 18 Green

  • Delivery

    9-10 weeks
    Made to order item

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