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For the 'Red and Blue Chair', Rietveld dissected the armchair and reduced it to its most fundamental form. In his text “De stoel,” he asks himself why many everyday objects have a generally accepted form, while the chair is still being produced in so many different shapes. As Rietveld said, “that chair consisting of two planks and a number of slats was made to prove that you can produce something beautiful using sleek, purely machine-made materials”.
[exhibition text 2017]
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