Gerrit Rietveld (1888 – 1964)
»Maker of things – sometimes of magical things«
(Peter Smithson, 1965)
Gerrit Rietveld was a pioneer of modernism. His »Red and Blue Chair« and L40 Pendant Lamp were the first lasting symbols of a new era, even before the Bauhaus was founded. Marcel Breuer’s early work was strongly influenced by Rietveld’s, but he then moved on to create his epoch-making tubular steel furniture.
The L40 was designed in 1922 for the consulting room of a progressive doctor named Arie Marinus Hartog. This ground-breaking and audacious design consisted simply of bare tubular light bulbs suspended from the ceiling cable.
Material & Colour
3 tubular lamps, 60 W
wood, 6 acrylic glass tubes
Height: 55 or 155