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Asymmetric furniture

Around 1923 Rietveld began a series of designs that vary in two ways from his slat furniture. The first is that this furniture consists mainly of planar pieces, and the second is that they are very asymmetric. The first change can be seen as a logical step in the development of furniture, in which the components are ‘liberated’ from the whole.

In the slat furniture the planes always clearly subordinate to the lineal slats; in these designs the planes also come into their own as independent elements. The asymmetry of the furniture is characteristic of the ideas of the architects who were involved with the Style (De Stijl). However although Rietveld only infrequently incorporated asymmetry into his furniture, it constantly recurred in his architectural designs.

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