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Utrecht Armchair

Designer:
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Brand:
Cassina
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Combining experimentation and comfort, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld signs this renowned design armchair in 1935 for the Metz & Co department store in Amsterdam. The juxtaposition of right angles ‒ backrest and seat that meet at the floor and armrests that morph into support pieces ‒ are hallmark features of the Utrecht armchair, which became a symbol of the Neoplastic movement.

Designer

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, born in Utrecht on 24 June 1888, seems possessed of two personalities, each so distinct that one might take his work to be that of more than one artist.

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Brand

Cassina

Established in 1927 by Cesare and Umberto Cassina in Meda, Italy, Cassina launched industrial design in Italy in the 1950s, based on a totally innovative approach that marked the transition from artisan production to mass production. 

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