julien berthier: left handed rietveld chair
julien berthier: left handed rietveld chair julien berthier: left handed rietveld chair
oct 18, 2010

julien berthier: left handed rietveld chair

‘left handed rietveld chair’ by julien berthier, 2007 (laquered wood)‘left handed rietveld chair’ is a series of chairs designed by  julien berthier based on left-handed drawings he made of gerrit rietveld’s 1918 ‘red and blue chair’. each of the 5 identical copies were hand made by a professional carpenter based on berthier’s left-handed attempts at sketching the famous chair.


‘left handed rietveld chair’ by julien berthier, 2007 (laquered wood) ‘left handed rietveld chair’ by julien berthier, 2007 (laquered wood) ‘left handed rietveld chair’ by julien berthier, 2007 (laquered wood)

left handed Rietveld chair from julien berthier on Vimeo.

  • I’m sure Julien was aware he would get criticized for why he would do this and that there is a “story” to answer it. However, using the red blue chair as done, shows there is a complete lack of understanding to what the chair by itself is. A very unappropriate application in my opinion, maybe he’s just trying to cash in on the interest of anything Rietvelt this year.

    silent guy says:
  • you mean, OBVIOUSLY just cashing in on rietvelt year.

    tomollow says:
  • DO, I am with you all the way, this just seems utterly pointless. Fair comments from the others too… oh dear Julien what are we to do with you

    dexterdragon says:
  • It doesn’t have to have a point. It’s just fun. It’s making an abstract left-handed drawing into a tangible object. It is creating an object of interest by bringing focus to what we normally consider a set of ugly squiggly lines. I think it is awesome.

    zibernetika says:
  • I wish more designers are so ironic with our masters

    Helga says:
  • It’s not ironic. It’s pointless. I’m disappointed that designboom is resorting to posting utter rubish. There has been very little that you’ve posted in the last while that I’ve found interesting. I used to really look forward to your daily updates…

    Ryan says:
  • Beautiful… What a very cool idea.

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • Its irreverent, not ironic… but Is that really so bad?

    Dustin says:
  • its art since when does art have to have a point it doesn’t have to useful or beautiful or anything other then what the artist saw in his mind upon creation he isnt cashing in on someones popularity this year he was inspired by it and that is what makes it great our world could use some more inspiration like this

    jesse says:
  • Just found out about this.
    Being lefthanded myself I feel slighted.
    The joke is not on Mr. Berthier who obviously has no lefthanded skills to call his own (nor a ruler, it seems)
    Instead, the joke is on the left handed community, since the label “left handed rietveld chair” insinuates that this is what the chair would look like when built by a lefthanded person.
    I have no doubt that this is as far from Mr. Berthier’s original intent as can be, yet it is a fact to be considered.

    Lefty says:

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