Design Miami
booth #G23

December 4 -9, 2012

Gerrit Th. Rietveld
Richard Woods / Sebastian Wrong
Bertjan Pot
Frank Tjepkema

For Design Miami 2012, Galerie VIVID is proud to present new contemporary designs alongside several iconic pieces by Gerrit Rietveld, the great Dutch furniture designer and architect.

A highlight of the exhibition will be an unused Rietveld Red Blue chair executed by Gerard A. van Groenekan. This chair was ordered by an American architect in 1965 but never made it to America and was put in storage. Almost fifty years later, the chair along with the original shipping crate will arrive in the United States and be on display.

Galerie VIVID will debut an edition of four Bent Wood Tables by British artist, designer Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong. The colorful hand-painted low tables form together an installation that crosses boundaries between design and art.

Three new unique vases by Glithero (Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson) will VIVID present in Miami. As a follow-up to their famous Blueware Vases Glithero developed 'Silverware', a photographic technique that captures direct impressions of seaweed specimen on porcelain. The resulting images resemble abstract art from the 1950's on surfaces that echo Wedgewood's black and white Portland vase.

Also on display will be the bronze Recession Chair by Frank Tjepkema (Tjep.) and new Masks by Bertjan Pot

Mark Lee’s Favorite Work at Design Miami/ 2012

“The Red and Blue Chair is perhaps one of the most iconic design objects of the twentieth century. The way the wooden members appear to ‘slip’ past one another while floating effortlessly in space, the way the primary colors suggest a spatial extension into a larger environment, the way it single-handedly embodies the idealism of the De Stijl movement, is as refreshing and current today as almost a century ago since its inception.

What makes this particular Red and Blue chair especially intriguing is seeing it alongside its original crate; an object reminiscent of another furniture series by Gerrit Rietveld, designed slightly later, and is slightly less well known but equally revolutionary: the Crate system furniture. Made from the recycled packaging material of crate wood, Rietveld responded to the economic crisis of the 1930's with the Crate series that could be sold as a kit, easily shipped, and was affordable and of the utmost simplicity and beauty.

Together, the Red and Blue chair and it’s crate turn into an art object of its own; one that encompasses two ends within the spectrum of design – one abstract and ideal, paradigmatic and heroic; the other concrete and everyday, pragmatic and anonymous – ethos that were as important at the dawn of twentieth century design as they are today.”

Mark Lee,
Architect and Collector from Los Angeles

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Catalogue Bent Wood Tables by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong

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