Lensvelt highlights of Milan Design Week 2018

Retrospect at the remarkable never seen before presentation of Lensvelt, the distincitve, engaged and idiosyncratic dutch non-design furniture label and project designer. Nothing New was the spectacular anti- statement during the Salone del Mobile 2018 in Museo Diocesano in Milan.

The concept by curator, entrepreneur and publicist Anne van der Zwaag is an anti-statement against the endless buying of new items that we do not need, while the exising furniture is still in perfect condition. So Lensvelt did not present any new products. After all Lensvelt doesn’t create fashion items, it creates sustainable, timeless designs and only when there is a need for it. Lensvelt reused exsisting furniture by temporarily buying it back through Marktplaats, Ebay and 1st Dibs, by borrowing the furniture and exhibiting it’s own showroom items.

The premier stylist and exhibition designer Maarten Spruyt, designed the exciting installation. In a moving spectacle, he brought together Lensvelt’s iconic design furniture with autonomous art works and installations of famous artists. For the stylist Nothing New ment retrospective of the sixties and seventies. A period in which Lensvelt was founded(1962) and that shows paralles with the political situation and the rapid changes in the world today

In Nothing New Maarten Spruyt addressed social issues that play an unchanged role; war and voilence. The distressing shell shock syndrome from Felix Burger fitted the sturdy, robust Military series of a table, chair and stool by the famous Gerrit Rietveld.
Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach
Both the Military Series of Gerrit Rietveld and Alet Pilons work from the series ‘talk to me’ refer visually and emotionally to the scale of factories and to anonymous, lonely office environments.
Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach
Museo Diocesano, the art museum in Milan housing a permanent collection of sacred artworks, was temporarily transformed into a burstling, exciting and vibrant spot called Fondazione Lensvelt, a nod to Fondazione Prada. Here Lensvelt exhibited Nothing New during the Salone del Mobile 2018
Photo: Jan Willen Kaldenbach
Rietveld Military Series
In 2017, the year that De Stijl celebrates its centenary, Rietveld Originals and Lensvelt started a special collaboration: Lensvelt became exclusive distributor of Gerrit Rietveld’s Military Furniture series for the business market.
The famous art movement was founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck. Furniture maker and architect Gerrit Rietveld soon joined. Rietveld made the ideals of De Stijl spatially visible. In 1923 he coloured his armchair red and blue. Not much later he designed a series of Military furniture for the Catholic Military Home in Utrecht. For this he experimented; he was the first to use bolts and nuts for wooden joints instead of wooden dowels. The Military Table is sturdy, robust and is characterized by the use of sleepers and contrast colours.
Photo: Jan Willen Kaldenbach
Gerrit Rietveld Military Series Table; size 240x80x75 cm
Frame: grey
Table top: beech
€ 1.940,00 incl. VAT
€ 1.603,00 excl. VAT
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Gerrit Rietveld Military Series Chair
Frame: grey
seat and back: beech,

 Chair height: 90 cm.
Chair width: 39 cm.
Seat height: 45 cm.
Seat depth: 44 cm.
€ 500,00 incl. VAT
€ 413,00 excl. VAT
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Gerrit Rietveld Military Series Stool
Fram: grey
seat: beechtSeat width: 39 cm
Seat height: 45 cm
Seat depth: 44 cm

€415,00 incl. VAT
€342,00 excl. VAT

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Gerrit Rietveld Military Set nr. 1
consisting out:
One Gerrit Rietveld Military Series Stool
One Gerrit Rietveld Military Series Chair
One Gerrit Rietveld Military Table€ 2.440,00 incl. VAT
€ 2.016,00 excl. VAT

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Colorful Rietveld symposium 24-05-2017 at Lensvelt Gallery, Herengracht 178, Amsterdam
Photo: Chantalle Laurent
Rietveld symposium 24-05-2017 at Lensvelt Gallery, Herengracht 178, Amsterdam
Photo: Chantalle Laurent
Rietveld symposium 24-05-2017 at Lensvelt Gallery, Herengracht 178, Amsterdam
Photo: Chantalle Laurent
Text: Viveka van de Vliet
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, Maarten Baas, Space Encounters, Nina Graziosi, Maarten Van Severen, Paolo Rizzatto, Richard Hutten, Ineke Hans, Piet Hein Eek, Studio Job,
WH Gispen, Caroline Prisse,
Gerrit Rietveld, Wiel Arets, Prast Hooft, Simo Heikkilä
and Atelier van Lieshout
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