DESIGN DICTIONARY: De Stijl
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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.
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.
Although Doesburg founded the movement, the artist Piet Mondrian is its most well-known proponent.
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.
Many argue that Rietveld's Schroder House is the only true De Stijl building that was fully realized.
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.
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