44 x 58 x 78 cm (WxDxH)
Metal frame, seat and back of laminated wood
The Beugel chair is a perfect example of Gerrit Rietveld’s experimental karakter, a chair which is both versatile and functional. Produced in collaboration with Rietveld’s heirs, the Beugel chair was originally created by the Dutch architect in 1927 for Metz & Co, the leading Dutch department store. The chair is made of three elements: two identical looped steel frames that provide support for the seat. This was in painted fiber board (later replaced with laminated wood). The elegant curvature of the shell defines the chair’s profile, extending right the way up and over the back.
The current model boasts a more ergonomically correct line, conferred by the use of state-of-the-art 3D technology. With an 18mm diameter tubular metal frame, the Beugel chair was one of the first chairs to have such a thin metal structure among the models known from this era. Todays version by Cassina is built with a 15mm diameter frame making it even lighter.