Gerrit Rietveld: The Architect and Designer

A portrait of 'the wise old man of Dutch design' by an academic and an acquaintance
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The significance of the Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld is best shown in this video with interviews from his acquaintance, Wim Crouwel, the graphic designer, and Ida van Zijl, author of the book Gerrit Rietveld.

'For Rietveld, nothing was impossible.  He was always experimental with new materials and techniques,' says Van Zijl when we caught up with her at the exhibition: Rietveld's Universe, which she curated at Centraal Museum in Utrecht.

Rietveld's most iconic piece of architecture is Schröder House, which is where Wim Crouwel, who knew Rietveld since the 50s, explains the ingenious use of space: 'He was the wise old man of Dutch design.'


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