Each chair tells its own story and here all fit. The own ones and the others. Even those in which the design is not the fundamental thing.

Rietveld, Groenekan and the antecessor chair

Gerard van den Groenekan was barely fourteen or fifteen years old in the winter of 1917-1918 when he arrived as an apprentice to the workshop that Gerrit Rietveld - a cabinetmaker and draftsman, according to the records of the city - had opened in May in the Adriaen van Ostadelaan, Utrecht. According to him, it was in the summer of 1918 when in that workshop the first version of modern furniture’s founding chair was created. To celebrate such a feat, Rietveld was photographed in front of the shop window of his workshop, proudly lounging in it and escorted by his...
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