The New Amsterdam armchair 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.
Gerrit Rietveld designed the New Amsterdam armchair in 1937, for the ‘New Amsterdam’ steamship. This Holland America Line flagship made its first trip to New York on 10 May 1938. The chair was part of a complete interior design that Rietveld made for a first-class cabin.
The first voyage of the New Amsterdam in 1938
With its minimalist style Rietveld created a cabin that had to meet the luxury and comfort of the modern ocean traveller. Most striking in the interior design were the comfortable armchairs that have been included in our collection since 2019.
The original blueprint Gerrit Rietveld made of the New Amsterdam armchair in 1937
On the occasion of the first production of the New Amsterdam armchair a Limited Edition of 37 pieces was made. These unique and numbered armchairs are upholstered in luxurious velour with a frost-stone colour, the armrests are made of solid American walnut. The Limited Edition is packed in a special crate. It was this way of packaging that inspired Rietveld to design his famous crate chair, shortly before he accepted the commission for the New Amsterdam steamship. The wooden crate of the Limited Edition packaging allows the owner to easily build an original Rietveld crate chair.