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).