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Gerrit Rietveld Compl. Works Hardcover – January 1, 1996

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Dutch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878271784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878271785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One needs no introduction to Rietveld and his contribution to Dutch architecture and more importantly, Modern architecture as we know it today.

Contain in this book is a fairly exhaustive attempt to catalog his known works. I say "catalog" because, it's not merely a collection/selection of his best work, but it appears that the author has attempted to list every known work Rietveld has ever done.

This is particularly evident in the way where some of the works contain some highly obscure commissions, such as designs of medals, posters, typefaces, and even a tombstone memorial (e.g. Pg. 62 - Catalog #8 - Tombtone E. Nijland - Rietveld was given this commission by Carel Begeer, a good friend of E. Nijland, the headmaster of the Dutch Reformed High School)

One leaves from this book feeling awed at the prolific output and the range of Rietveld ability as an Architect.

Not only does this book list down every obscure work (totaling to 681 known works in chronological order), this book also contains Rietvelds essays and thoughts penned by Rietveld himself .

Rietveld writes knowledgeably on a range of subjects: from chair construction, to Dutch architecture, interiors and acknowledgement of problems with different types of lighting and materials.

A sample of his writing reflecting his experience and knowledge on form and construction is seen in his essay in "Chairs":
"Many difficult constructions have been solved satisfactorily and have acquired their generally accepted form; how is it then that a satisfactory solution has not been found for a simple construction such as a chair, as, for instance, has been done with the bicycle or, even more simply, spoons? Sitting is surely a simple enough activity. ...
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