The Berlin chair by Gerrit Rietveld
In 1923 Rietveld and the De Stijl painter, Huszar, designed a model room for an exhibition in
Berlin, Huszar planning the colour and Rietveld the furniture and layout. The Berlin chair was designed for this
Rietveld has sacrificed anatomical considerations in order to produce what is virtually a De Stijl
sculpture in an unlimited edition,with all the characteristic juxtaposition of planes in space and subtle
differentiation of parts using various greys.
It is strongly reminiscent of Mondrian's earlier paintings. The Berlin chair is unlike the Red-Blue
both in its asymmetry and the predominance of planes rather than lines.
Structurally, all the parts add rigidity to each other, rendering the simple lapped joins perfectly
Rietveld Zig-zag chair