The End Table was originally designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1923 for the Schröder House in Utrecht. This open form was made of rather simple components. It comprised of a blue square top and a red circular base connected with two black-and-white rectangles.While working on the Schröder house, Gerrit Reitveld aimed to put the ideas of the de Stijl Group into three-dimensional form in the overall construction as well as in its interiors and furniture.It can be said therefore, that geometry of the Schröder house became an “extension” of the End Table’s open form.
In his reinterpretation of the End Table, Jan Ankiersztajn’s interest was not to work on the external side of the piece, but rather to explore the opposite - the internal geometries.
While preserving proportions of the original parts, but standardising the rhythms of wooden finger-joints, it became possible to assemble a new, compressed, two-dimensional structure out of the End Table elements.
Jan’s End Table is a 2-in-1 object. A version of an Iconic Gerrit Rietveld table and a portable Stijl-style flat pack.
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