De Stijl

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If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk

What is De Stijl?

De Stijl (literally translated, “The Style”):  A design movement begun by modernist Dutch artists and designers  characterized by right angles and the exclusive use of primary colors with black and white.

History

The name “De Stijl”  comes from the title of a magazine published between 1917 and 1931 by the movement’s leader and founder, Theo Van Doesburg.   In it, he advocated austerity and pure beauty in design.

Theo van Doesburg – Composition (1919-1920)

Theo van Doesburg – Composition (1919-1920)

Although Doesburg founded the movement, the artist Piet Mondrian is its most well-known proponent.

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) with canvas. Photographer unknown. via Cantó de Runes

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) with canvas. Photographer unknown. via Cantó de Runes

Mondrian

Mondrian

The architect and furniture designer, Gerrit Rietveld, also is a key figure.  His red and blue chair is considered an iconic symbol of De Stijl.  He designed other tables and chairs as well, including his famous zig zag chair.

Gerrit Rietveld (1888 – 1964)

Gerrit Rietveld (1888 – 1964)

Red and Blue Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1917.

Red and Blue Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1917.

Gerrit Rietveld’s Zig Zag chari and other furniture

Gerrit Rietveld’s Zig Zag chari and other furniture

Many argue that Rietveld’s Schroder House is the only true De Stijl building that was fully realized.

Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroder House. Built in 1924.

Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroder House. Built in 1924.

Today

The movement’s impact continues to be felt throughout all realms of design. Here are some contemporary examples showing  De Stijl’s influence in decorative arts, architecture and fashion.

Today

Today

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