Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Architect Utrecht / Netherlands

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Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Utrecht 24 June 1888 - there 26 June 1964) was a Dutch architect and furniture designer, learned the trade of furniture maker in his father's workshop (1899-1906).
Between 1906 and 1911 he took courses in architectural drawing with, among others, P. Houtzagers in Utrecht.
In 1911 he opened his own furniture workshop, while in the evenings with P.J.C. Klaarhamer took an architecture course (1911-1915).
In these years he became acquainted with Van 't Hoff, Van der Leck, Van Doesburg and other later members of De Stijl, with which group he joined in 1919; his furniture designs from these years, in the characteristic primary colors (red, yellow, blue), are therefore pure realizations of the views of De Stijl.
Established in Utrecht as an independent architect since 1919, he began working in 1921 with interior designer Truus Schröder-Schräder. Schröderhuis in Utrecht (1924), an international pioneering design, in which he incorporated both De Stijl ideas with regard to the concepts of function, construction, form and space, as well as those of functionalism, the logical continuation of De Stijl.
From 1923 Rietveld sometimes worked together with Theo van Doesburg and Cornelis van Eesteren.
In 1928 he was one of the founders of the CIAM.
When De Stijl was dissolved in 1931, a difficult period also dawned for Rietveld. His designs for workers' houses were never executed; modern architecture threatened to be overwhelmed by a traditionalist 'national style' and it actually took until 1955 before Rietveld regained the reputation he deserved.
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Utrecht 24 June 1888 - there 26 June 1964) was a Dutch architect and furniture designer, learned the trade of furniture maker in his father's workshop (1899-1906). Between 1906 and 1911 he took courses in architectural drawing with, among others, P. Houtzagers in Utrecht. In 1911 he opened his own furniture workshop, while in the evenings with P.J.C. Klaarhamer took an architecture course (1911-1915). In these years he became acquainted with Van 't Hoff, Van der Leck, Van Doesburg and other later members of De Stijl, with which group he joined in 1919; his furniture designs from these years, in the characteristic primary colors (red, yellow, blue), are therefore pure realizations of the views of De Stijl. Established in Utrecht as an independent architect since 1919, he began working in 1921 with interior designer Truus Schröder-Schräder. Schröderhuis in Utrecht (1924), an international pioneering design, in which he incorporated both De Stijl ideas with regard to the concepts of function, construction, form and space, as well as those of functionalism, the logical continuation of De Stijl. From 1923 Rietveld sometimes worked together with Theo van Doesburg and Cornelis van Eesteren. In 1928 he was one of the founders of the CIAM. When De Stijl was dissolved in 1931, a difficult period also dawned for Rietveld. His designs for workers' houses were never executed; modern architecture threatened to be overwhelmed by a traditionalist 'national style' and it actually took until 1955 before Rietveld regained the reputation he deserved.