Product specifications

Designer

Gerrit Rietveld

Year

1942

Dimensions

58 x 84 x 74 cm (WxDxH) / seat height 42 cm / arm height 59 cm

Frame

Solid American walnut, Solid oak

Upholstery

Various fabrics and leather possible

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Armchair for Metz & Co

Gerrit Rietveld   |  1942

 


 

The Armchair for Metz & Co is available in various fabrics and colours, of which the selection shown above can be ordered directly online. If you would like to request a fabric sample from one of these versions, please contact us. If you are interested in a different version or if you want to view the possibilities, our dealers will be happy to advise you.

 


 

The Armchair for Metz & Co is named after the Amsterdam department store Metz & Co for whom Gerrit Rietveld designed the chair in 1942. At the time the chair was created, the Netherlands was occupied by the Germans, who had established a Kultuurkamer. Because Rietveld refused to become a member of this institute, the chair was never produced. Rietveld’s working drawings and prototypes have fortunately been preserved, so that the chair could still be produced 75 years after its first conception.

Rietveld’s original drawing of the Armchair for Metz & Co

In addition to the Armchair for Metz & Co, Rietveld also designed other furniture for the luxury department store. In 1932 Metz&Co also commissioned Rietveld to design a showroom for his own furniture, on top of the roof of the department store. The dome that Rietveld designed became the place where many major foreign designers such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and later Poul Kjærholm first presented their furniture in the Netherlands.

The traditionally made base of the Metz & Co Armchair consists of an ingenious construction of thin slats, in solid oak or solid American walnut, linked by dovetail joints. The seat can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics. The cushion that is stitched onto the seat can be made of felt or leather and comes with a characteristic feston stitch.

One of 42 pieces of the Limited Edition of the Armchair for Metz & Co

Limited Edition
The Limited Edition version of the Armchair for Metz & Co is made in a limited edition of 42 pieces and is executed in a solid oiled oak frame. The upholstered body has a warm ochre colour and a cushion with cognac leather upholstery. These exclusive Limited Edition versions all have their own number (free to choose according to availability) and a Rietveld Originals certificate. Please contact us for current availability.