Red & Blue Armchair

Red & Blue Armchair

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Regular Price: £603.98

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100% Made in Italy. Frame in black and yellow stained beech. Seat and back in red and blue lacquered MD (Medium Density).
This very famous lounge chair is called “Red And Blue” due to the colors of the back and the seat. However, the first version of 1917-18 was in natural walnut. The colours were added in 1923, under the influence of the “De Stijl” movement, created years earlier by Van Doesburg and Mondrian. This influence is clearly evident also in its angular and accentuated geometry. The chair was conceived by Rietveld with the intention of showing that an object, valid from an aesthetic point of view, could be machinery-made with the use of linear materials. The same style is observable in the small table, designed in 1924 for the Schoeder House in Utrecht, one of the most important architectural Rietveld’s works. Chair: black and yellow lacquered beech wood frame. MD (Medium Density) lacquered blue seat and red back. Table: black, red, white, blue and yellow MD lacquered wood frame.

Additional Info

Dimensions L66 P83 H88 HS33,5 cm
Structure Schema RT33


  • CHROMAGE TOP: high thicknesschrome manual brushing and metal
G. Thomas Rietveld


G. Thomas Rietveld


Colours can make all the difference; they outwardly declare what is usually only inwardly interpreted.

A Dutchman, Rietveld was one of the most innovative designers of interiors and furnishings in the 20th century, already working with wood at the age of 11 in his father’s cabinetmaking shop. In 1911 he began to design and build furniture on his own, studying architecture at the same time. Rietveld’s “red&blue” chair (1917-18) is the first well known expression of his architectural language, displaying the influence of the De Stijl group and also the experiences of Mondrian and Van Doesburg. Published in the magazine De Stijl as a manifesto of the movement, it was later exhibited at the Bauhaus.

The abstract purity of his furniture also permeated his architectonic style. In addition to buildings, Rietveld also designed shops, offices and movie theatres, all in his markedly original and creative style. Later, he drew closer to the ideals of rationalism, especially in seeking modularity; among the most important creations from this period there are the town houses designed for the Werkbund exposition in Vienna (1930-32) and, regarding furniture, the famous “zig-zag” chair.