The Rietveld Red Blue chair reproduction is complete. Looking good in the clients mid-century home.
The project to construct a copy of the Rietveld Red Blue chair is completed and now its time for the painting. It was important to obtain the precise colours to finish off this reproduction chair, the red back is Vermillion, the blue seat Ultramarine and the yellow end grain is Cadmium Yellow.
Of course this is the later version of the chair. The original version was designed and made around 1918 but the famiar, iconic colour version is from 1923 .
Thank you for the beautiful table and footstools. They look wonderful and fit the space perfectly. Thanks so much for your creativity and skill in bringing my ideas to life.
Our small project to construct the Rietveld Red Blue chair is completed apart from the painting. What fun!
This project was a discussion about paired back design; resisting all superfluous elements in design and architecture was Rietvelds ethos and MO. The restraint in this chair design is exercised to facilitate possible mass production but also to achieve maximum visual impact, the chair is visually arresting from all angles and I cannot remember working on a chair design with so much negative space!
The chair is now jointed and glued up. It looks and feels very stable and solid, the low centre of gravity of the frame is more pronouced without the seat and backrest.
Reitvelds ideas for the Red Blue chair, as with much of the early furniture design, centred around contemporary techniques and technology. It is in this spirit that we elected to use a Festool Domino and its accompanying dowels rather than the round dowels specified in the original making notes.
Unique to this project, the customer has requested to participate in its making. In this film he is concentrating and keen to show me that he has listened to my instructions but has been fairly giddy all day.
He has so far been invaluable, sizing components, painstakingly marking out the dowel positions and even helped with the jointing machine. I may even persuade him to paint it!
The first project of the year is a reproduction of the Gerrit Reitveld Red Blue cahir from the 1920s. Reitveld first designed the chair in the early 1920s and it was left in its natiral colour or painted black. The familiar chair with the red blue and yellow was made in 1927.
The picture above shows Reitveld outside his workshop in Utrecht in the early 1920s, sitting in an early version of the chair. Reitveld was a hands on maker, prefering to design as he made, and was every bit the artisan that his cabinet maker father was.
The pre-oiled panels for the new Arts and Crafts executive desk are centred in the marked out and fixed with screws in the centre of each frame aperture so the panel has room to expand and contract left and right.
The panels for the new Arts and Crafts executive desk need oiling prior to jointing into the frames. The grooves around the panels are deep enough to allow for the movement of the timber as it contracts or swells with the environment.
Routing identical grooves in 22 identical vertical frames and 10 horizontal frame pieces is time consuming but satisfying (if there are no tear outs and no exploding knots!). Each piece is carefully selected for decorative rays and matching tones before running through the router. Now we are ready to joint the frames.
The 120 Individual components that make up the new Arts and Crafts inspired desk that I am making in English oak are sized and laid out. Each piece is sticked or stood on their ends with enough air to circulate around all surfaces to help the new planed and cut shape is maintained and the movement of the timber is minimised.
The silvery white waves found on oak are called Medullary rays. These radial structures are perpendicular to the regular growth rings and conduct water and transport other substances from the centre of the tree to its periphery. As such, they usually appear fatter and more vivid near the sapwood.
Today I jointed & glued up the bookmatched drawer bottoms for new arts&crafts inspired desk in English Oak and English Pippyoak
Well seasoned timber makes such a difference to the process of timber conversion and furniture construction. The Pippy oak I bought from English Woodland Tiimber in April has been in my workshop for two weeks so it was time to start skimming the boards and prepping for the drawers I need to make for the desk commission. The timber is resawn for book-matched drawer bottoms and is stable and ready to joint.