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1919

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1960

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Red Blue Chair

This is a chair. It was designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Its medium is painted and stained pine and plywood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Originally conceived in shades of black, white, and gray, this chair was produced in a primary-color palette, starting in 1923. It was one of the first three-dimensional products of the De Stijl movement. Its form took inspiration from chair designs by Frank Lloyd Wright.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II.

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Cite this object as

Red Blue Chair; Designed by Gerrit Rietveld (Dutch, 1888–1964); painted and stained pine and plywood; 2018-22-36

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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