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De Stijl Chairs

De Stijl

It has been more than 100 years since the founding of the Dutch art and design movement known as De Stijl.

It was in October of 1917 that artist, architect and critic Theo van Doesburg released the first issue of De Stijl magazine. A platform for artists, designers and architects to express their revolutionary new ideas, the journal was a launching point for what would become an international movement. Meaning “the Style,” De Stijl was an attempt at pure abstraction — one centered on the use of primary colors and perpendicular lines as a utopian expression of a harmonious world.

Along with van Doesburg, the group’s most integral members were Bart van der Leck, Gerrit Rietveld and Piet Mondrian, whose geometric red, yellow, blue and black “Composition” paintings remain the most recognizable work of the movement. Mondrian used the term “neoplasticism” to describe the abstract art that he and his friends produced.

Not just an art movement, however, De Stijl also had a profound impact on modern design and architecture. It would go on to influence Bauhaus and the International Style of architecture. Although it was disbanded in 1931, De Stijl continues to inspire the popular imagination today, and De Stijl creators and their ilk are responsible for timeless works (some of which can be found on 1stDibs).

Made from two plywood plates and 15 connecting bars, the Red and Blue chair is a calling card of the De Stijl movement. Designed by architect Gerrit Rietveld, the chair is most often referred to as the Rietveld chair, likely because it didn’t actually get its signature De Stijl colors until the early 1920s.

Also designed by Rietveld, this asymmetrical side table was constructed for his first residential commission, the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht, which is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Mondrian is the De Stijl group’s most well-known member. His familiar black lines with red, yellow and blue blocks are still reproduced in artworks and products today.

Russian-American artist Ilya Bolotowsky was highly interested in the work of Piet Mondrian. A founding member of the New York–based American Abstract Artists — other founders included Ray Kaiser (later Eames) and Josef Albers — Bolotowsky was smitten with Mondrian’s pure geometric abstractions from the period when lived in New York. In this signed, untitled silkscreen print from around 1970, you can see Bolotowsky’s use of hard-edge vertical and horizontal lines, as well as primary colors, although he didn’t limit himself to this palette.

Mondrian is the De Stijl group’s most well-known member. His familiar black lines with red, yellow and blue blocks are still reproduced in artworks and products today. In the 1960s, Yves Saint Laurent designed the Mondrian Collection of cocktail dresses. This wall mirror by Italian manufacturer Rimadesio is among the many decor pieces created in the likeness of Mondrian.

On 1stDibs, find De Stijl lighting, De Stijl decorative objects and more.

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Style: De Stijl
Gerrit Rietveld "Zig-Zag" Chair by Cassina n° 859, Italy 1973
Located in Sacile, PN
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1970s Italian Vintage De Stijl Chairs

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Manner Of Gerrit Rietveld - Steltman Chair - 1970s Dutch interpretation
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Gerrit Thomas Rietveld "Aluminum Stoel" Model
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Exceptionally well executed handmade scale model of this very rare chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Unmarked. If you are desperately looking for the perfect gift for an architect, look no further! Gerrit Rietveld (1888–1964), a Dutch architect and designer, was a pivotal figure in the De Stijl movement, renowned for his avant-garde contributions to modern art and design. Best known for the iconic Red and Blue Chair, Rietveld's work epitomizes the movement's principles, emphasizing geometric abstraction, primary colors, and asymmetry. His architectural masterpiece, the Rietveld Schröder...
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Josef Hoffmann's rare set of four chairs in curved wood
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Pair of Gerrit Rietveld "Zig-Zag" Chairs by Cassina n° 859-860, Italy 1973
Located in Sacile, PN
Pair of Gerrit Rietveld "ZIG-ZAG" chairs by Cassina, Italy 1970s. N°859 -860 Provenance: Private collection Milan This set early year 'Zig Zag' chairs by Gerrit Rietveld for Cassin...
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Gerrit Rietveld, Berlin Chair / Authentic
Located in Zürich, CH
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Gerrit Rietveld, Steltman Chair / Authentic
Located in Zürich, CH
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1860s Dutch Antique De Stijl Chairs

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Eileen Gray, Safari Chair / Authentic
Located in Zürich, CH
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1930s Dutch Vintage De Stijl Chairs

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Vintage De Stijl Style Studio Craft Oak Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Interesting architectural rectilinear design employing solid quarter sawn oak, circa 1960s. Possibly European due to the use of French Oak, and the unusual, Neo-rationalist form. Con...
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1960s French Vintage De Stijl Chairs

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Red and White Painted "Fischel" Chair, France, circa 1920s-1930s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
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De Stijl chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique De Stijl chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage chairs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, oak and other materials. If you’re shopping for used De Stijl chairs made in a specific country, there are Europe, Netherlands, and France pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original chairs, popular names associated with this style include Gerrit Rietveld Jr., Gerrit Rietveld, Cassina, and Fischel. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for chairs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,081 and tops out at $55,000 while the average work can sell for $11,443.

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