Gerrit Th. Rietveld (1888-1964)

Desk r6 1931,
Metz&Co Amsterdam 1931-1933.


Stained and ebonised wood, painted and chromed steel.
The right part with glass top. 70 cm. high; 150 cm. wide; 90 cm. deep.



The desk marks a transition in the work of Gerrit Rietveld, in this design he combines features of “the style” with the principles of functionalism. It was given a prominent place on three historical presentations in the early thirties of the new furniture with which Rietveld took a turn in his career as an architect and furniture designer towards functionalism. It also marks the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation with the avant-garde warehouse Metz&Co in Amsterdam who then started to sell the Rietveld furniture in their warehouses.

Gilles Pieter de Neve, publisher of art-calendars in Amsterdam, 1931-33;
His daughter Joanne de Neve, 1978-2012;


  • Kuper, I. van Zijl, Gerrit Th. Rietveld 1888-1964, London-Utrecht 1992, p.134-135.
  • Timmer, Metz&Co de creatieve jaren, Rotterdam 1995, p.77-95.
  • Voge, The complete Rietveld Furniture, Amsterdam 1993, p.81.



This is a high-end quality museum piece but this desk is also fit for daily use in its original condition.








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