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Bow Chair, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, c. 1929

bending, h 72.5cm × w 40cm × d 56cm More details
© erven Gerrit Rietveld/Pictoright

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.

On display in room 3.2