The Beugel chair is a perfect example of Gerrit T. Rietveld’s experimental nature and works on the separation of constructive elements. The chair is made of three elements: two identical looped steel frames that provide support for the seat. The elegant curvature of the shell defines the chair’s profile, extending right the way up and over the back.
Produced in collaboration with Rietveld’s heirs, the Beugel chair was originally created by the Dutch architect in 1927 for Metz & Co, the leading Dutch department store. Today Cassina presents the chair with a 15mm diameter frame making it even lighter.
Cassina Dining 2019
Born in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1888, Gerrit Rietveld is known best for his architectural and product designs. In 1917, Rietveld opened his own furniture shop, with an aim for simplicity in construction, knowing that factory production was key to future designs. Not a year later, he opened his own factory and began shifting his color palette due to his discovery of the De Stijl Movement. After joining the De Stijl, he spent time exhibiting at the Bauhaus under an invitation from Walter Gropius, and created notable architectural projects. His most significant building is the Rietveld Schroder House, completed in 1924; it featured moving panelled walls and is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. By 1928, Rietveld shifted his design philosophy once again, breaking with De Stijl, as he opted for a more functionalist style of architecture. Noted furniture pieces by Rietveld include the Red and Blue Chair in 1917, along with the Zig Zag Chair designed in 1934.