Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld is known for his minimalistic, angular designs. Gerrit was a influential member of the De Stijl abstract art movement, which he left in 1928, before creating this piece… although the movement’s guiding philosophies are still apparent.
Rietveld created the Utrecht Chair in 1935. Named after the city of his birth, it is one of the few upholstered chairs of Rietveld that was put into production.
The original design was covered in brown canvas, and finished with a visible white stitch. Whilst the upholstered material has changed over the years, the visible finishing stitch has remained a feature of the seat even as the lounge has changed manufacturers.
The #chair has been put into production by Cassina since 1988, 100 years after Rietveld’s birth.