Red/Blue Chair

Designed by architect Grit Thomas Ritterveld (1888~1964), the red/blue chair is one of the most pioneering experimental works in the Dutch style of De Stijl. The style was born in 1917, and the organization tried to inject new Platonic ideas into the design, hoping to create a final product with a perfect geometric shape and a solid color, and achieve a spiritual harmony.


For the first time, the red/blue chair tries to apply the idea of style to the three-dimensional shape. It is strictly composed of solid lines and planes, and the three-dimensional shape is completely transformed into the expression of abstract elements. The chair was originally painted in a typical style of grey, black and white. In 1918, Ritterveld redrawed the work in red, blue, yellow and black as a painting of Piet Cornelies Mondrian (1872~1944). Respond.


The amazing beauty of this piece of furniture caused a sensation at the time. Similar to Mondrian's grid-like paintings, this chair can evoke a sense of abstract modernity even today. Ritterveld originally wanted to mass produce the chair (it was made entirely of standard length wood material, and the assembly required only a very simple process), but in fact this idea was not implemented. Today, the red/blue chair retains only one iconic work, and is a finished design concept preserved at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, USA.


Bottom: Ritterveld gave up the traditional style and theme in this colorful, sculptural chair, and adopted a purely abstract styling language that directly points to modern design.

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