Beugelfauteuil – Gerrit Rietveld

Armchair designed by Gerrit Rietveld and made in Amsterdam. Powerhouse Museum Collection.
Collection, Powerhouse Museum

Today it is hard to imagine that the now-ubiquitous tubular-steel style of furniture was once at the fore-front of modern design. In the mid 1920s tubular steel furniture had developed from purely utilitarian use in hospitals and transport to the domestic environment. Consequently, original examples of pre-WWII modernist furniture are rare – especially with the original receipt as is the case with this example.

This chair (beugelstoel or tube-framed chair) designed in 1927 by the Dutch architect and designer, Gerrit Rietveld, is representative of the very earliest adoption of tubular steel, and unique in its early combination with wood not seen again until the furniture of Ray and Charles Eames after WWII.

The chair is said to have come from a New Zealand household and we would like to know more about its history. Does anyone remember seeing this chair, or a chair like it?

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One response to “Beugelfauteuil – Gerrit Rietveld

  • I don’t know if this helps you, but you can find the same chair on a photograph from 1932 of the interior of Charley Toorop’s house in Bergen (Holland). Rietveld had rebuild and refurnished her house in 1931.

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