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Utrecht armchair by Gerrit Rietveld via Cassina

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Dezeen Showroom: Cassina is presenting the geometric Utrecht armchair, an icon of neoplasticism designed by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1935.

Rietveld originally created the upholstered Utrecht chair for the Metz & Co department store in Amsterdam.

Purple Utrecht armchairs in a wood-panelled office with a floral artwork
The Utrecht armchair features bold colours and simple geometries

The designer made the chair suitable for large-scale distribution by dividing it into four puzzle-like parts – a seat, back and two angular armrests – which could be assembled on site.

The chair is seen as an example of neoplasticism, also known as De Stijl, a Dutch art movement defined by its use of bright colours and austere geometries as seen in the work of Piet Mondrian.

Side view of geometric red chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld for Cassina
It was first designed in 1935

The Utrecht armchair has been produced by Cassina since 1988. It is available in five colours with a zigzag or blanket stitch upholstery detail.

Cassina recommends the chair for executive offices and lounge areas. It is also available as a two- or three-seater sofa.

Product: Utrecht armchair
Designer: Gerrit Rietveld
Brand: Cassina
Contact: info@cassina.it

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