DESIGN : GERRIT RIETVELD (1917)
In 1917 Dutch furniture maker Gerrit Rietveld had made a first design and prototype of the armchair, currently known as the Red Blue chair. At that time the chair wasn’t painted. The Red Blue Chair is Rietveld’s most famous piece of furniture. With this lounge chair, Rietveld reduced the traditional armchair to 13 square-profiled battens, two armrests with a rectangular profile and two rectangular panels that form the seat and the back rest. As such, he stripped the traditional chair of its volume and emphasized functionality.
Rietveld added the colors red, blue, yellow and black around 1923 and removed the side panels. It was during this period that he was actively involved and influenced by the art movement called “De Stijl”, where he had previously published comparable colored interiors.
In 1972 Cassina was granted exclusive worldwide rights to produce and market this chair. Production by Cassina started in 1973.
Seat height: 33 cm
|Dimensions||83 x 65 x 88 cm|