In 1923 Gerrit Rietveld designed an interior together with Vilmos Huszár as a Space-Colour-Composition. Whether this design for a stand at the Juryfreie Kunstschau art fair in Berlin was realized or remained a model is unknown. The plan included a chair with a matching end table, both created by Rietveld, while the space/colour concepts are probably Huszár's work. The Berlin Chair, as it is referred to, is Rietveld's first asymmetrical chair. It is highly sculptural and reminiscent of his design for the Rietveld Schröder House. The chair is built from several planes that gain strength by forming a lattice structure. The chair's armrest is wide enough to function as a small table - an innovative detail. Both right and left-handed versions of the chair have been made. Rietveld executed several Berlin Chairs, of which this version is one of the earliest. The matching end table was never realized.
c/o Pictoright Amsterdam/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Makers

Translated title

Berlin Chair

Collection

Design

Production date

ontwerp 1923

Library

Click here to view 20 related documents

Object number

KNA 1271