Gerrit Rietveld

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Gerrit Rietveld. As an independent architect and furniture maker, as well as a member of the De Stijl movement, Rietveld brought us some of the twentieth century’s most iconic and influential pieces of children’s furniture. The combination of design-forward function and bold primary colors highlighting form made his work truly visionary during the child-centric and design-obsessed mid-century. Although most famous for his 1923 Red Blue Chair and 1934 Zig-Zag Chair, check out some of kinder MODERN's favorite Rietveld pieces for children: 

 

Image from chairblog.eu

Image from chairblog.eu

High Child Chair, designed 1920, manufactured 1960s, painted wood with leather seat 

Image from moma.org

Image from moma.org

Child’s Wheelbarrow, 1923, painted wood

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Witteveen Convertible High Chair to Bed, 1922, painted wood

High Chair, 1944, painted wood