Gerrit Rietveld's Universe in pictures

A retrospective exhibition celebrates Rietveld's works of architecture and design
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Gerrit Rietveld, Child's beach buggy (1922-23)

1 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Child's beach buggy (1922-23)

Gerrit Rietveld, Red-blue armchair (1918)

2 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Red-blue armchair (1918)

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Gerrit Rietveld, Convertible child’s chair (1922)

4 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Convertible child’s chair (1922)

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Gerrit Rietveld, Cupboard (l) and design for a music cupboard (r), (1923)

6 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Cupboard (l) and design for a music cupboard (r), (1923)

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Gerrit Rietveld, Theissing House (1958–9) Utrecht, Holland

8 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Theissing House (1958–9) Utrecht, Holland

Gerrit Rietveld, Open-plan living and bedroom (1926), Amsterdam

9 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Open-plan living and bedroom (1926), Amsterdam

Gerrit Rietveld, Lels House (l) (1939), Doorn and the upholstered easychair (r) (1937)

10 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Lels House (l) (1939), Doorn and the upholstered easychair (r) (1937)

The largest house Rietveld ever built, Van Slobbe House (1961-3), Heerlen, Holland

11 / 18 The largest house Rietveld ever built, Van Slobbe House (1961-3), Heerlen, Holland

Gerrit Rietveld, Isometric (l) and perspective (r) drawings for The Schröder House (1924)

12 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, Isometric (l) and perspective (r) drawings for The Schröder House (1924)

Gerrit Rietveld, The first model made from a block of wood of the Schröder House (1924)

13 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, The first model made from a block of wood of the Schröder House (1924)

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The heart of the house is the airy light-filled space of the first floor.

15 / 18 The heart of the house is the airy light-filled space of the first floor.

Gerrit Rietveld, interior of the Schröder House (1924)

16 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, interior of the Schröder House (1924)

Gerrit Rietveld, The east (l) and south (r) corners of the Schröder House (1925)

17 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, The east (l) and south (r) corners of the Schröder House (1925)

Gerrit Rietveld, The south corner of the Schröder House (1924)

18 / 18 Gerrit Rietveld, The south corner of the Schröder House (1924)


'Dutch Design Double 2010', the annual design festival hosted by Amsterdam and Utrecht, has this year been dubbed 'international Rietveld year' by the Utrecht city council and Centraal Museum.

Both cities have arranged a selection of design events and exhibitions. In celebration of the renowned Utrecht born designer and architect, Gerrit Rietveld, many are themed around his iconic work, of which he is perhaps best known for the Red-Blue Chair and Schröder House.

The Centraal Museum, Utrecht, is hosting Rietveld's Universe (until February 13, 2011). This exhibition focuses on Rietveld's experimental way of designing which is exemplified by his quest to make a chair from one piece of material (the Zig Zag chair, included in this gallery). The show juxtaposes Rietveld's works with those of his contemporaries, including Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, and illustrates the continuing influence Rietveld has on design today.

Rietveld's Universe transfers to MAXXI in Rome (until 10 July 2011).


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