Everybody knows the iconic Red and Blue Chair. Its design sparked a revolution in 1918-1919, breaking with all traditional notions of what a chair ought to be. Rietveld’s aim was to create a piece of furniture that was absorbed rather than contained by the space. Fellow members of De Stijl later inspired him to add colour, serving to emphasise the individual wooden components and amplifying the physicality and aesthetic character of the design.

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The Centraal Museum houses the largest Rietveld collection in the world. It also manages the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht, and the Rietveld Schröder Archive.

Highlights of the collection are on show in the permanent collection, in Expo 4.