The Berlin chair Another famous Rietveld piece, produced for an exhibition in Berlin in the twenties. The chair, in shades of white, grey and black, uses several planes to produce such an unusual spatial effect. Look at the similar design ideas between this chair and the 'Schroeder' house for example.
The original chair armrest was rectangular and made it awkward sitting down in the chair. Rietveld amended this in 1965 by using an angled armrest ( shown below ), which makes it much more comfortable to sit on, and adds more visual variety to the design. Made to order.
Shown with the chair is the equally well known End Table. Again clever use of coloured planes to produce such a striking design. Shown on a separate page.
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In 1922 Eileen Gray showed this side table at an Amsterdam exhibition & it immediately attracted the attention of the De Stijl designers. The sculptural design, with it's 3D planes & use of colour are all De Stijl features. It is interesting to compare Eileen Gray's table with Gerrit Rietveld's 'Berlin' chair, above. The similarities are obvious, and the influence of Gray's piece on Rietveld made clear.
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