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Frame chairs

The series of frame chairs was distinguished by the application of two steel side frames, which are only fixed to the continuous seat and backrest. With the first examples the solid steel rods of the frames were combined with fibre, and later the frame were made of hollow tube and the triplex seat was imported from Scandinavia.

Rietveld was the first to experiment with a seat and backrest made out of one piece, and the frame chairs drew international attention. They were one of the first of Rietveld’s initial designs taken into production by Metz & Co.

Later Rietveld made a few examples with the same seat and backrest with a similar construction, but in wood. Instead of the metal frame, the load-bearing side frames are made of planks with round sawn-off ends. This rounding off matches the curves of the triplex seat. These same rounded-off planks also appear on the legs on a few of the tables.

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