637 Utrecht XL
Cassina offers a new reinterpretation of the iconic model dated 1935: an anthropometric response to the increasing sizes of modern generations.
Armchair with main frame, seat and backrest in poplar plywood and fir solid wood. Massive poplar wood armrests. Polyurethane foam and polyester padding. Not removable upholstery: fabric or leather with blanket fine stitching in natural colour. Feetinblackplasticmaterial.
|Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld,
born in Utrecht on 24 June 1888, seems possessed of two personalities, each so
distinct that one might take his work to be that of more than one artist. The
first personality is that seen in the craftsman cabinet-maker working in a
primordial idiom, re-inventing chairs and other furniture as if no one had ever
built them before him and following a structural code all of his own; the
second is that of the architect working with elegant formulas, determined to drive
home the rationalist and neoplastic message in the context of European
architecture. The two activities alternate, overlap, and fuse in a perfect
osmosis unfolding then into a logical sequence. In 1918 Rietveld joined the “De Stijl” movement which had sprung
up around the review of that name founded the year before by Theo van Doesburg.
The group assimilated and translated into ideology certain laws on the dynamic
breakdown of compositions (carrying them to an extreme) that had already been
expressed in painting by the cubists: the “De Stijl” artists also carefully studied the
architectonic lesson taught by the great Frank Lloyd Wright, whose influence
was widely felt in Europe at that time.
Collaborating first with
Robert van’t Hoff
and Vilmos Huszar, then with Theo van Doesburg and Cornelius van Eesteren,
Rietveld soon became one of the most distinguished interpreters of the
Among his most important
the Schröder house at
Utrecht (1924); the “Row
Utrecht (1931-34); the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennial (1954); the
sculpture pavilion in the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller at Otterloo and the Van
Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (1955). Out of his equally important furniture,
Cassina has chosen for its own production: the “Red and Blue” (1918), the “Zig-Zag” (1934), the “Schröder 1” (1923), the “Utrecht” (1935)