Product specifications

Designer

Gerrit Rietveld

Year

1918

Dimensions

69 x 83 x 88 cm (WxDxH)

Material

Frame: solid beech wood / Seat and back: birch plywood with beech veneer. Lacquered in red, blue, black and yellow.

Downloads

Red and Blue chair (Cassina)

Gerrit Rietveld   |  1918

  • Red and blue chair
  • Zeilmaker version (without cushion)
  • Zeilmaker version (with cushion)

 


 

The Red and Blue Chair is Rietveld’s most famous piece of furniture. The first design of this chair dates back to 1917. 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 on his first version of the Red-Blue chair from 1917, photo Centraal Museum

Rietveld added the colours red, blue, yellow and black around 1923 and removed the side panels. It was during this period that he was active at De Stijl, where he had previously published comparable coloured interiors.