Monday, September 06, 2004

In hindsight I should have named Gerrit Rietveld, my favorite designer, the first Designer of the Month. So I'll go ahead and make him the...

Honorary First Designer of the Month: Gerrit Rietveld
Born in Utrecht, Netherlands [incidentally, I lived there for 3 months] Rietveld was a true aesthetic genius. Contrary to popular belief he was not a member of De Stijl, a group of Dutch designers operating at the same time with a similar angular look. Believe me, I've been to his house, talked to the guides and historians, been to the museums, and touched his original furniture, he is not a member of De Stijl as everyone would have you believe.

Genius! Did I say genius yet?! He did things with furniture and buildings that no one had done before or has done since. Some of his most famous designs are the zigzag chair, the red and blue chair, the Rietveld Schroder House, among other monumental design masterpieces.

Now keep in mind, though his furniture is most often seen painted, it was originally produced in a natural finish or painted black and shades of gray, with occasional primary color accents. Rietveld passed away in 1964.

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