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Gerrit Rietveld Mid-Century Modern Wood Crate Chair, circa 1950

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Crate chair designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, executed circa 1950 by Metz and Co in Holland. In good original condition, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials Wood Dimensions: D 72.5 cm x W 57.9 cm x H 59 cm Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (24 June 1888–25 June 1964) was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. One of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl, Rietveld is famous for his red and blue chair and for the Rietveld Schro¨der House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1934 Rietveld designed a first series of crate furniture, consisting of an armchair, a small bookcase and a small table. These were items for which the appearance was largely dictated by the application of standard lumber size planks for different parts of the furniture. The choice of using standardized Industrial products was motivated by Rietveld’s aim to make furniture production more efficient. The furniture is almost completely built from firewood planks with a width of, circa 15 cm. A constantly recurring, distinctive wide chink is left between the planks. Dry joints connect the components with brass screws, which are left visible. At this time this type of wood and construction method was used for packing crates, hence the name of the series. The radically simple crate furniture was heavily criticized by some contemporaries, because of the lack of traditional workmanship. Rietveld defended his designs by saying that traditionally produced furniture was transported in crates to avoid being damaged. It was obvious to him that the packing material was stronger, and therefore better, than its content. After 1935 much more crate furniture followed, including various chairs, tables and stools. After producing them in his own name for a while, the crate furniture was sold by Metz and Co. under the name ‘weekend furniture.’ Because of the simple appearance and the relatively low price they were most suitable for holiday homes. Important literature: Gerrit Rietveld, IDA va Zijl, Phaidon 2010. Gerrit Th. Rietveld 1888-1964, Marijke Ku¨per IDA van Zijl, Centraal Museum 1992. The complete Rietveld furniture, Peter Vo¨ge, 010 publischers Rotterdam 1993.


  • Attributed to
    Gerrit Rietveld (designer) (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Width: 22.84 in. (58 cm)Depth: 28.55 in. (72.5 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Barcelona, ES
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1427222670002

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