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Utrecht, Cassina

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld is certainly not a household name but to design purists, he is respected for his work as a furniture designer and architect. He is also one of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl founded in 1917. In 1935, Rietveld sketched Utrecht but it was never made into a democratic product until 1988 where revered Italian furniture brand Cassina manufactured it on a large scale. The Utrecht is an iconic chair because of its striking angular form and whichever angle you view it from, it is visually arresting. Its leg and armrest is conceived from a singular structure and its seat and back rest form an angle that supports the spine. At its core is a steel structure enrobed in polyurethane form and polyester padding. The devil is in the details as Rietveld intended the stitching to be visible.

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