Gerrit Rietveld

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Birthday
24, 1888
Birthplace
Netherlands
Death Date
Jun 25, 1964 (76)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
24, 1888
Birthplace
Netherlands
Death Date
Jun 25, 1964 (76)

About

Architect and furniture designer famous for his Red and Blue Chair, an example of the De Stijl artistic movement. The Rietveld Schröder House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Before Fame

He opened a furniture shop in 1917 and later set up a business as a cabinetmaker. He joined the De Stijl movement in 1919.

Trivia

He began the design of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, but died before its completion.

Family Life

His father was a carpenter, with whom he began apprenticing when he was 11. His Rietveld Schröder House, a collaboration with Truus Schröder-Schräder, had a powerful impact on Han Schröder, Truus' daughter; she became one of Netherlands' pioneering female architects.

Associated With

He was invited by architect Walter Gropius to exhibit his work at the Bauhaus.