Invitation Rietveld Military Series 24-5-2017
Invitation May 24, 2017 Rietveld Symposium with accompanying cocktail. 100 years De Stijl. The start of a special collaboration between Rietveld + Lensvelt.
16.00 Door open.
16.15 Welcome by Titus Darley and Hans Lensvelt.
16.30 Hans Beunderman
Hans Beunderman addresses the fascination of the architect for the chair. The chairs as a building. Is it the coincidence that the majority of design classics are designed by architects?
17.00 Jurjen Creman
Jurjen Creman knows as no other Rietveld’s oeuvre and craftsmanship as an architect, designer but especially as a furniture maker.
17.30 Jessica van Geel
Jessica van Geel shows us how the relationship between Rietveld and his muse Truus Schroder influenced his work and life.
The symposium is intended for architects and architectural enthusiasts, is free, in Dutch and is held in the Lensvelt Gallery at the Herengracht 178, 1016 BR Amsterdam.
Only 50 seats are available for the symposium.
We therefore ask that you sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
For the cocktail, everyone is welcome.
Rietveld Originals + Lensvelt
On the 100th anniversary of “De Stijl” Rietveld Original and Lensvelt are embarking on a unique collaboration: Lensvelt will become the exclusive distributor of the Military Series by Gerrit Rietveld for the corporate market.
The art movement “De Stijl” was founded by, amongst others, Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondriaan, and Bart van der Leck. Gerrit Rietveld joined the movement as an architect and furniture creator soon after its founding.
In 1923 he painted his iconic armchair in the primary colors red and blue and soon thereafter he built his famous Schroder house. In the same period Rietveld designed a series of furniture pieces for the Catholic Military Home (Katholiek Militair Tehuis) in Utrecht, using bolts and nuts to connect wooden elements rather than the traditional wooden dowel pins. Robust, strong and notable due to the use of cross beams and contrasting colors.
The collaboration between Rietveld Originals and Lensvelt will be celebrated on May 24th with a product presentation of the Military Series in the Lensvelt showroom on Herengracht 178 in Amsterdam, starting at 7.00 pm.
Symposium May 24th
Prior to the product presentation there will be a symposium on Gerrit Rietveld, featuring 3 speakers who will shine a light on Gerrit Rietveld – as a furniture maker, as a designer, and simply as a man. How did a carpenters son become the most famous architect and furniture designer of the Netherlands?
Jessica van Geel (Utrecht, 1973) is a cultural historian and journalist, writing for amongst other the NRC Handelsblad and Vrij Nederland. She was editor of the NRC-Saturday paper, and conducts and writes interviews. Currently she is working on a novel about Truus Schroder (1889-1985), who commissioned the Rietveld Schroderhuis. The book, from Lebowski publishers, is expected at the end of the year. During her research for this book Jessica reviewed Rietveld and Schroder’s personal archives, and interviewed numerous people close to them. She is the first to write about the relationship between Rietveld and his muse.
Jessica van Geel exposes how this relationship affected Rietveld’s work and life.
Jurjen Creman is globally renowned for his work on and with Rietveld’s furniture. He is sought after by museums and collectors to evaluate, restore and maintain Rietveld collections. In this capacity, every iconic piece of Rietveld furniture had passed through Jurjen’s hands. Additionally he has extensively researched the technical aspects and construction methods applied by Rietveld. To fully understand the challenges faced by Rietveld resulting from his near impossible constructions, Jurjen has rebuilt various pieces himself.
Jurjen is the global expert on Rietveld’s works and his craftmanship as an architect and designer, but above all as Carpenter.
The curriculum of Prof. lr. Hans Beunderman (Rotterdam, 1948) is elaborate. He graduated Cum Laude from the Technical University (TU Delft) in Architecture. He has worked as an architect and urban developer in Finland and for his own firm Oosting & Beunderman in Utrecht. He has fullfilled various roles for the Planning & Housing Ministry, and earned an MBA in 1990 at the University of Rochester and Erasmus University Rotterdam. His role as dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering has allowed Beunderman to contribute to science and to nurture his passions for architecture and design. Testament to this in his care for the collection of chairs owned by the faculty, which he saved from a devasttating fire. His most recent appointment was Vice Rector of the TU Delft.
Hans Beunderman will focus on the architects fascination for the chairs. The chair as a construction. Is it a coincidence that so many design classics were designed by architects? And what is the use of such a collection for students?
About Rietveld Originals
RIETVELD Originals offers all Gerrit Rietveld furniture designs that are currently in production. Next to the currently available designs they are working on expanding the collection and reintroducing various designs. Together with designer Edward van Vliet RIETVELD Originals is carefully examining old sketches and prototypes. This had allowed design classics to be brought back to life.
Mission Lensvelt Contract
Lensvelt is a NON-Design Amsterdam based furniture label established in 1962. Lensvelt provides architects & interior-designers the tools to make cooler and better interiors.
Lensvelt is a convinced supporter of locally produced goods and stronly believes in the power of loyal neighborship.
Lensvelt contributes to the cultural community.
Lensvelt want to contribure to a new world: greener, better and more social.
Lensvelt had shown over the years a communited label, which showed distinct and often award winning presentations during the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The Lensvelt products are:
they have often a twist,
the design is sober,
The Lensvelt products are designed by the most remarkable and innovative artists, architects and product designers as
Marcel Wanders, Bertjan Pot, Atelier van Lieshout, Nina Graziosi, Maarten van Severen, Paolo Rizzatto, Richard Hutten, Ineke Hans, Piet Hein Eek, Maarten Baas, Studio Job, WH Gispen, Caroline Prisse, Space Encounters, Wiel Arets, Prast Hooft, Simo Heikkila and now Gerrit Rietveld.
They see themselves as “The People’s Manufacturer”.
In this vein, the Military Chair costs €410,-, the Military Stool €340,-,
and the Military Table is available from €1.510,-.
(All prices are excluding VAT and ex-work).
Lensvelt Contract is a NON-design Amsterdam based furniture label established in 1962.
Lensvelt provides architects & interior designers with the tools to make cooler and better interiors.
Lensvelt contributes to the cultural community.
Lensvelt wants to contribute to a new world: greener, better, more social and more beautiful.
The Lensvelt products are designed by the most remarkable and innovative artists, architects and product designers as Marcel Wanders, Bertjan Pot, Gerrit Rietveld, Atelier Van Lieshout, Nina Graziosi, Maarten Van Severen, Paolo Rizzatto, Richard Hutten, Ineke Hans, Piet Hein Eek, Studio Job,
WH Gispen, Caroline Prisse,
Space Encounters, Wiel Arets, Prast Hooft, Simo Heikkilä
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