Packed-Flat Inversible Planes
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- The architect's lines with the sculptor's grace
Assembles and disassembles by hand without hardware
The only inversible furniture
This group was designed to be produced with an automated overhead router using 15-ply Finnish Plywood.
Hardwood edges are shown for demonstration purposes.
5 of the 12 pieces are shown below
Quality milling equipment and experienced handwork stand behind every design in the de Stijl Group. Fifteen layers of veneer are formed into panels displaying exquisite edges. The outer layers of veneer can be ordered with any wood type, including walnut, red oak, teak, white oak, red birch, cherry or burls.
The only components of this furniture - interlocking planes - slip together by hand to create the non-symmetrical designs of the de Stijl Group. Each furniture piece packs flat and can be inversely assembled in its own mirror-image to project planes in opposite directions. The elements in a given setting can be changed or re-arranged simply by assembling a design in one of its two possible configurations.
Designs from the de Stijl Group organize architectural elements, pulling you into a setting, around a corner, or down a hall. Turn a design around, or reassemble it inversely: the movement becomes new - different - and the pull comes from another direction. New spaces emerge.
Architect Gerrit Rietveld and painter Piet Mondrian of the de Stijl Movement in Holland experimented in the 1920's with intersecting planes and line segments, often coloring edges in primary or natural tones. This design program began with the de Stijl architectural principle of intersecting planes, and now, without precedent, has applied this principle to the design of fine furniture.
The de Stijl Group as a whole is a challenge to our preconceived notions of "the table." Distinctions between the leg, the tabletop and the shelf dissolve. Screws, dowels and hardware become obsolete. The versatile, visually appealing and structurally sound planes intersect exquisitely. Daring horizontal cantilevers and penetrating vertical "wall" surfaces generate these exciting, functional spaces.
The de Stijl Group's twelve Pieces: