Gerrit Rietveld



The richly illustrated and accessible monograph on the Dutch designer and world-renowned architect - now in paperback

  • The ideal guide to the life and experimental and unconventional work of Gerrit Rietveld, which radically changed the development of architecture and design in the twentieth century
  • Rietveld continues to influence generations of architects and designers with his two best-known works: the Red-Blue chair and the Schroder House
  • Richly illustrated with photographs, sketches, paintings and archival materials showing every period of Rietveld’s work and life, including many previously unpublished images
  • Combines both his furniture design and architecture, presenting comprehensive coverage of his output and full analysis of his achievements

Gerrit Rietveld's simple yet dynamic style greatly influenced international furniture design and contributed significantly to the history of architecture. Following Rietveld from his humble beginnings as a cabinetmaker to his final years as a world-renowned architect, this book presents both his lesser-known work and his most celebrated. It explores his significance in the wider context of avant-garde movements, and his influence within De Stijl and Functionalism. This highly detailed yet accessible monograph is designed by the acclaimed Dutch designer Wim Crouwel.


Ida van Zijl was curator of design at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht from 1978-2013 and organized a variety of exhibitions, several of which included the work of Rietveld. She had complete access to the museum's collection of Rietveld documents, as well as those held by his family and friends, when creating this account of Rietveld’s life and work.

Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 400 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714873206