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Gerrit and Wim

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Love of clean lines in their genes and both adhered to identical principles. Such as furniture should not stand in the way of space in a room. Obviously and understandably the younger of Rietveld’s sons found great inspiration in the creations of his father.

Gerrit Rietveld was indubitably the greatest innovator, but where the son probably outdid his father is in succeeding in designing furniture for true mass-production, something also that his father strove for. Whereas Gerrit’s production was mostly made out of wood, Wim’s designs were of metal. Perhaps Rietveld senior was too ahead of its time’s production techniques: a steel prototype of the Zig-zag Chair did not work out so it ended up – nicely – made out of wood. Wim also contributed to prove that the De Stijl primary colors pallet that his father popularized for furniture will never go out of fashion…

Check out a nice sample of Wim Rietveld works at Modernfindings and also Amsterdam Modern, which inspired this post. And don’t miss this feature on Gerrit Rietveld produced by PHAIDON with an interview of Ida van Zijl the curator of the Rietveld’s Universe exhibition.

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Written by Alvar and I

March 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

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