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Design 1900 to Now, Room 76

Crate chair

1934 (made)
Place of origin

Modular chair made of 10 pieces of timber.

Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
Painted wood
Brief description
Dutch 1934 des. Rietveld man. Metz
Physical description
Modular chair made of 10 pieces of timber.
  • Height: 55.3cm
  • Width: 57.5cm
  • Depth: 79cm
  • Seat height: 27cm
Jana Scholze
Gallery label
CRATE CHAIR Designed by Gerrit Rietveld (Dutch, 1888-1964) Manufactured by Metz & Co., Amsterdam, Holland Painted wood 1934 Following the worldwide economic depression, Rietveld, hitherto known for his uncompromisingly aesthetic furniture, designed a line of inexpensive furniture made from low quality wood such as that used in packing cases. In order to keep the price down the wood was simply cut and assembled with screws rather than any joints. This lounge chair model was probably intended to have upholstered cushions. W.30-1987(1989-2006)
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Record createdAugust 9, 2005
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