Posts Tagged ‘chairs’

Artist of the moment………Gerrit Rietveld


Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. Rietveld is associated with the De Stijl movement. The movement emphasized straight lines and primary colors.

Gerrit Rietveld was born in Utrect, the Netherlands in the year 1888. As a teenager he was attended night school and also was an apprentice for maker of jewelry. During this period he learned how to model, draw, and to paint. He opened his own furniture production company in 1917.

Below a brief documentary on Gerrit Rietveld:

Some of his most famous designs were the famous Red and Blue Chair, the Zig Zag Chair, and the Schroder House. The Schröder House being the best and only example of De Stijl architecture.

The house was built in Utrecht for a client who lived in the house and passed away in the mid 80s. The house is now a museum and can be visited by the public and below we do just that!:


In this clip we explore his famous Red and Blue Chair:



Gerrit Rietveld passed away in 1964. He was 76 years of age.

Price range information: Drawings and posters can be found starting at $3,000 up to original woodcut pieces which can bring $50,000 at auction.

As a person who looks for artistic design in everything I think his chairs are incredible functional works of art. Its great to see a movement such as the De Stijl, that can be represented by a piece of furniture or even more fascinating, a house.




Artist of the moment……Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata was one of the most influential interior designers of the 20th century born in Japan in the year 1934.

One of his most successful designs was the “How High is the Moon Chair.” Below is an example of this style of chair.


Kuramata was among the most experimental designers using materials like steel to produce couches and other interior furnishings.

Shiro Kuramata passed away in 1991.

In the beginning of this clip are credits and a few images of the artist. I would move ahead to 1:25 and you may view some Kuramata’s most famous works including the chair Miss Blanche.

price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $260,000.


Artist of the moment……David Tindle…

I enjoy this artist work for his quiet and dreamlike paintings. He was born in the United Kingdom in 1932.

Another great subject for the artist is windows. Over his career the viewer is given an inside look at someone’s home. The viewer is left to imagine who lives there, what time of day it is, or what time of season.

The artist works with egg tempera and also a variety of print media.

Attended the Coventry School of Art.  He then jumped into the field of commercial art and advertising. Made a big push in the fine art world in the 1950s by exhibiting his paintings at the Royal Gallery in London. He also had several one man shows. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1979.

The artist taught at Hornsey College of Art from 1959 to 1974 and the Royal College of Art.

He is collected worldwide and is including in the Tate Museum’s Collection.

When I look at the still life paintings of the artist I am reminded of the Wyeth and Peale families of art. Where Andy Wyeth would detail every different texture, this artist tends to paint from memory and doesn’t paint it exactly as he sees, rather he paints as he “feels” the subject. Of course I am a huge fan of the window series, I prefer the paintings where a drape or curtain is obscuring the window. It leads the viewer to question what time of day it is and what the weather is. For me his paintings are great to think about over a morning cup of coffee.  The time of day is early in the morning as the sun rises and the early birds are up searching for their proverbial “worms.”

Also similar in style to Wyeth are his paintings of chairs.  Again I was brought back to my childhood days and “grandpa’s chair.”  The added touch of a coat or a tshirt makes the picture seem more like a portrait of person, their favorite shirt and chair, rather than a boring still life of a chair. His paintings of simple food subjects such as eggs remind me of some of the more colorful works of Wayne Thiebaud.

David Tindle now lives and works out of Italy.

low price range: $1,500

high price range: $15,000

The artist was skilled in a variety of mediums. He is proficient in oils, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic, egg tempera, and gouache. Also a printmaker making lithographs and etchings. Has done commissioned works for the National Portrait Gallery.

on line and land based gallery: Brandler Gallery in Essex in the United States.