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Blog: An Evening with Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch designer and architect, joint initiative with Spectrum

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Gerrit Rietveld (Utrecht June 24, 1888 - June 25, 1964) learned the craft of furniture making at an early age in his father's workshop. He later became an apprentice architect and came into contact with members of the De Stijl art movement. Rietveld develops into a versatile artist with a strong vision; his architecture and furniture designs become world famous. His Red-Blue Chair, Zig-Zag Chair, the Crate Furniture and the Press Room Chair are now true design classics that are impossible to imagine museums and modern interiors without. Almost every Rietveld design has a special story attached to it. Mr. Titus Darley tells the stories behind Rietveld's design classics. Titus Darley, is founder of RSGA Design also a passionate collector of design furniture. In his lecture he will show how Gerrit Rietveld as the son of a carpenter developed into the most famous architect of The Netherlands from the last century. Titus Darley shows several exceptional houses and furniture and tells about the relationship between Rietveld and his muse Truus Schröder whose commission for a new house made his international breakthrough was possible.

The Press Room Chair was designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1958 for the UNESCO building in Paris. Rietveld designed the armchair as a comfortable lounge chair at the reading table for journalists in the press room. However, due to the tight budget and limited time, the design was not executed and Rietveld was forced to replace them with furniture he had made earlier that year for the World's Fair in Brussels. Fortunately, the original designs, drawings and models were preserved, allowing the Press Room Chair to be released in 2014.

Rietveld's handwriting is clearly recognizable in the clear lines of the Press Room Chair. The angle at which the seat and back are placed, combined with the high-looking armrests, Rietveld also applied in his famous Red and Blue Chair. The armchair can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics and leathers. The special finish with the double stitching accentuates the armchair's clean, clear tessellation. For the armrests, you can choose from oak, stained natural or black, or American walnut. The swivel base is available in matte black or stainless steel and features a return mechanism, so the Press Room Chair always rotates back to its original position. To protect the floor, the swivel base features harness leather foot straps in medium brown, dark brown or black. Although the armchair is the perfect place for relaxation, Rietveld believed that a chair was not necessarily meant for resting in. On the bottom of each Press Room Chair, therefore, is a poem by the German poet Morgenstern, perfectly expressing this idea.

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An Evening with Gerrit Rietveld - Dutch designer and architect
Joint initiative with Spectrum
22 June 2023, Thursday
18:00 doors
19:00 lecture
20:00 drinks
21:00 end

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