Cassina Red and Blue Chair by Gerrit T Rietveld numbered 8488 Italy Circa 1970

Cassina red and blue chair originally designed by Gerrit Rietveld, numbered 8488 and with makers marks to the underside, The Red and Blue armchair is an iconic model designed by Gerrit T. Rietveld in 1918. It is made with a frame in black dyed beech with blue seat and red backrest in painted plywood. Lines and surfaces are arranged in a vertical-horizontal composition, linked to one another without any joints.

Condition report:

Light wear to all the edges - the yellow sections in particular show chips to the edge, blue seat has some small chips and blemishes to the surface, overall fair. The chair is marked for Cassina

Gerrit T Reitveld possessed a duality of character which was exhibited in two ways. First was as a craftsman cabinet maker, working in a primordial idiom, reinventing chairs and other furniture as if no one had ever built them before and following a structural code all of his own; the second is that of an architect working with elegant formulas, determined to drive home the rationalist and neoplastic message in the context of European Architecture. 

In 1918 Reitveld joined the De Stijl movement which had sprung up around the review of that name founded the year before by Van Doesburg, translating certain laws of composition that had already been expressed by the Cubists.

Width 27.3 inches / 69cm
Depth 32.7 inches / 83cm
Height 34.7” inches / 88cm
Floor to Seat: 13.1” inches / 33cm


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Cassina Red and Blue Chair by Gerrit T Rietveld numbered 8488 Italy Circa 1970