Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964), born in Utrecht as the second of six children, was trained as a cabinetmaker by his father Johannes Cornelis Rietveld.  From the age of 11 he worked in his father’s workshop in the Poortstraat in Utrecht.

In the years that followed, Gerrit Rietveld became a leading architect and designer. His work is characterised by simplicity, spaciousness and a new way of producing. His work is inextricably linked to the De Stijl movement and the Nieuwe Bouwen movement. Rietveld manifested himself as one of the most important Dutch designers of the 20th century.

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In the dynamic era of the avant-garde in the art world, Gerrit Rietveld developed from furniture maker to architect. In total he designed and realised more than 100 houses, ten larger buildings and three social housing projects.

The Architecture page on this website provides an overview of his work, divided into four chapters: the early years (1900-1924), the pre-war perio (1924-1945), post-war (social) housing and finally larger buildings from the post-war years.

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In addition to the numerous written sources, a number of interesting film and audio documents about Gerrit Rietveld have also been published over the years. Including documentaries made for the VPRO and RietveldTV, and original moving image shot by Gerrit’s son Jan Rietveld.

Among the sound fragments is a special fragment of the award ceremony of Rietveld’s honorary doctorate at the Delft Technical University, and we hear Rietveld guide a tour of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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