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Residency for the People #4

Rietveld by the People (DIY Modernism)

Onomatopee 185.4

Rietveld by the People is een project dat ontstaan is op uitnodiging van Stichting de Bushalte van Rietveld in Eindhoven om invulling te geven aan de reclamezuil die vast zit aan deze bushalte. Gerrit Rietveld was van mening dat de meubels die hij ontwierp en maakte voor iedereen beschikbaar zouden moeten zijn en dat ze eventueel ook nagemaakt zouden mogen worden. Een soort open source avant la lettre zou je kunnen zeggen. Op marktplaats zijn veel van zijn meubels te vinden. Gemaakt door professionals, amateurs, gepensioneerden, fans of mensen die het gewoon als doenbaar achten. Iedereen heeft er zo zijn eigen verhaal bij en vaak wordt het net zo nauw genomen met de maten, materialen en kleuren. Soms “verbeteren” mensen de meubels zelfs en geven hier, om verschillende reden, een eigen twist aan.

Residency for the People helpt deze mensen een handje door deze meubels (naast marktplaats) ook aan te bieden in de Bushalte van Rietveld en verdiept zich in de verhalen achter de makers, kopers en verkopers. 

 

IN ENGLISH

Rietveld by the People is a project that was created at the invitation of the Rietveld Bus Stop Foundation in Eindhoven to give substance to the advertising pillar that is attached to this bus stop. Gerrit Rietveld was of the opinion that the furniture he designed and made should be available to everyone and that they could possibly also be copied. One could say a kind of open source avant la lettre. Many of his furniture can be found on Marktplaats (the Dutch equivalent of Ebay). Created by professionals, amateurs, retirees, fans or people who just consider it doable. Everyone has their own story and it is often taken just as closely with the sizes, materials and colours. Sometimes people even “improve” the furniture and, for various reasons, give it its own identity.

Residency for the People gives these people a helping hand by offering this furniture (in addition to Marktplaats) in the Rietveld Bus stop and immerses itself in the stories behind the makers, buyers and sellers. 

Publication

Onomatopee 185.4, Lucas Maassen, 2020

Rietveld by the People

DIY Modernism

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This hands-on workbook playfully explores the tension between originality, imitation and individual taste by delving into Gerrit Rietveld's design legacy through a selection of five do-it-yourself-copies of his iconic chair designs. Who are the people behind these chairs? What motivated them to 'improve' the original design by Rietveld? 

Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch architect and designer who produced a wide range of iconic chairs throughout his lifetime, including the Zig-Zag chair, the Red and Blue chair and the Steltman chair. He was an advocate for 'the universal' in design and blamed individualism for all the bad things happening in the world at the time. Rietveld by the People shows how individualism today is reflected within the remakes / personal interpretations / DIY versions of Gerrit Rietveld's designs. The Rietveld by the People project is part of the Residency for the People project led and initiated by Lucas Maassen, an independent designer, educator and curator based in Eindhoven.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
148 x 198 mm / 5.82 x 7.79 inch (portrait)
Pages
130
ISBN
978-94-93148-48-2
Editor
Lucas Maassen
Author
Nanne op 't Ende
Graphic
Quentin Gaudry
Language
English
Release date
20201220
Binding
softcover with flaps, holding inner pages together with rubber band
Paper
Biotop 80 gr. (inside)
Color
black/ white except for inside pages cover in full color
Font
Not courier Sans designed by Open Source Publishing and Toothpick designed by Kasper Pyndt ( Approx type foundry )
Text editor
Nanne op 't Ende
Translator
Nanne op 't Ende
Illustrator
Quentin Gaudry
Made possible by
Cultuur Eindhoven, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Mondriaan Fonds
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