Steltman chair 1963 (part 2)

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Project by irtamos posted 02-23-2013 04:07 PM 6546 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The asymmetrical Steltman chair (1963), designed for the Steltman jewellery house in The Hague, has the open composition of horizontals and verticals so characteristic of Gerrit Rietveld. These chairs are made according to his last drawing and exact measurements. It is made of ash. This very solidly constructed chair is available in the left and right version.

Rietveld began and ended his career as an architect with the same kind of a commission, namely renovating a jewelry shop. The chairs for the jeweler Steltman were mirror images of each other. The asymmetric form does not close off the space but has the open structure that Rietveld was already trying to use in all of his furniture pieces in the years 1918 to 1924.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 04:16 PM

Some nice looking funky chairs, great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 05:08 PM

Very interesting. Well done!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 10:11 PM

Nicely done! Those look great. Do you mind if I ask why kind of joinery you used? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of contact points for things to hold together, so I’m curious.

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 02:26 AM

really interesting chairs. Great to see your faithful reproduction.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 02:44 AM

I just looked up the chair – oops! I guess all the details of joinery are in the classic plans. Thanks for the post

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 09:07 AM

Nicely done. I want to make one from some 2×4 scraps and then if I like it, maybe make a nice one in hardwood.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 02:14 PM

Cool chairs! Like the interesting design and the sturdy build. Great job!

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