minale maeda: rietveld LEGO buffet for droog
minale maeda: rietveld LEGO buffet for droog minale maeda: rietveld LEGO buffet for droog
jun 15, 2010

minale maeda: rietveld LEGO buffet for droog

minale maeda: rietveld LEGO buffet for droog




dutch based design duo minale-maeda (kuniko maeda and mario minale) playfully reprise gerrit rietveld’s grace to reconsider his de stijl masterwork, ‘buffet’ for dutch design company droog. the ‘rietveld LEGO buffet’ uses over 25, 000 pieces of LEGO, updating the de stijl’s call for simplified materials through the use of the iconic toy building blocks known to us as children, creating a re-iteration of one of modern design’s most relevant historical suggestions. the buffet comes in a numbered edition of 5.

gerrit rietveld buffet executed in LEGO


mario minale working on the construction of the buffet

LEGO pieces all laid out

buffet production in progress




the rietveld via LEGO, buffet is on show as part of droog’s presentation at design miami/ basel 2010 from june 15th – 19th, located at booth G28, hall 5, messe basel, messeplatz. the buffet is a continuation of mario minale’s 2004 rendition of rietveld’s red blue chair, also done in LEGO.

‘red blue LEGO chair’ by mario minale




this LEGO version of the iconic ‘red blue chair’ by gerrit rietveld is 6% larger because it is governed by the LEGO brick size. the chair was produced in the spirit of rietveld’s original intention to make the design widely available, however, copyright laws prevented this LEGO version from being mass produced.

detail all images courtesy of minale-maeda studio

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