Sunday, December 9, 2012

WORK WITH TRUUS SCHRODER

After working with Truus Schroder on the Rietveld-Schroder House, the collaboration between Truus Schroder and Rietveld did not end. They continued their love affair - much to the chagrin of Rietveld's wife and children - and continued to work on several projects well into the late 1930s. It's clear that Rietveld found Truus Schroder full of ideas, and perhaps even considered her to be his muse of sorts. The works that they both collaborated on together are as follows: 

1. Rietveld-Schroder House (1924)
2. Glass Radio Cabinet (1925)
3. Hanging Glass Cabinet (1926)
4. Project for Standardized Housing and the interiors for the Birza House (1927)
5. Van Urk House and the Desk (1930-31)
6. Houses on Erasmuslaan (1934)
7. Vreeburg Cinema and Movable Summer Houses (1936)
8. Ekano interiors in Haarlem (1938)

Elements from the design of the house can be found within each of these projects. Rietveld's traditional simplicity is still reflected within each piece of work and his use of simple vertical, and horizontal planes and lines is still retained. In the Vreeburg Cinema, for example, we see that the facade has been created by a composing opaque, transparent, vertical, and horizontal surfaces together. Rietveld only extends his ideas onto the facade of the building. The Glass Radio cabinet was important as it allowed all the electronic machinery that made up the radio be part of the aesthetic of the cabinet. To provide access to the all the equipment, Rietveld hinged all four doors of the cabinet in a manner similar to that of the "corner window" of the Rietveld-Schroder House. The Houses on Erasmuslaan were a method by which Rietveld and Schroder attempted to control some of the construction that was happening around the Rietveld-Schroder House. As the area was starting to be rapidly developed, Rietveld and Schroder collaborated to create a set of townhouses on Erasmuslaan, a street just beyond the Waterlinieweg motorway and Prins Hendriklaan. The style of the Erasmuslaan houses is similar to that of the Rietveld-Schroder House. Kitchen-dining-living facilities have been provided on both floors. These spaces may be divided by movable screens. This also extends to one of the bedrooms - it too, may be divided further to provide extra space for dressing. 

Note: we have only been able to find photos of some of these projects. All photos in this post have been taken from The Work of G. Rietveld - Theodore Brown.

Movable Summer Houses. Taken from The Work of G. Rietveld - Theodore Brown, p. 106 


Vreeburg Cinema. Taken from The Work of G. Rietveld - Theodore Brown, p. 105



Interiors for the Birza House. Taken from The Work of G. Rietveld - Theodore Brown p. 79


Glass Radio Cabinet. Taken from The Work of G. Rietveld - Theodore Brown, p. 77.



Houses on Erasmuslaan. Taken from The Work of G. Rietveld - Theodore Brown, p. 97.



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