Gerrit Rietveld
Dutch, 1888 - 1964
G. A. van de Groenekan, fabricator (Holland)
Hanging lighting fixture, 1976 (original design, 1920)

Hanging size:   H. 53 (adjustable) in.
Plate:   W. 15 3/4 (square) in.

The composition of this lighting fixture closely resembles that of the 1919 Hogestoel chair Rietveld designed that is also in the museum's permanent collection. Unlike the chair, however, the lamp’s structural axes are unconnected. Each element floats freely in space, creating vertical and horizontal bands of light. Rietveld intended the fixture to be compatible with his furniture and the complex color schemes of his interiors.