Bow Chair, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, c. 1929
Rietveld’s Beugel (Bow) Chair is the first Dutch tubular steel furniture to be commercially produced. Because the initial reactions to the prototypes were positive, Metz & Co. department store wanted to market the chair. The first experiments with black painted fibreboard, however, proved unsuitable for large-scale production. Rietveld therefore switched to plywood, which could be painted any desired colour.