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Bastille chair

Designer: Piet Blom
Year: 1964
Origin: refectory 'the Bastille' of the Technical University of Twente in Enschede
Material: wood with original paint

Dimensions: 86 x 41 x 41 cm (H x W x D)
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Bastille chair

Designer: Piet Blom
Year: 1964
Origin: refectory 'the Bastille' of the Technical University of Twente in Enschede
Material: wood with original paint

Dimensions: 86 x 41 x 41 cm (H x W x D)
Art.no:

SOLD

Dutch architect Piet Blom (1934-1999) designed this chair between 1962-1965 for the temporary campus grounds of the Technical University of Twente, for which he was commissioned to rebuild an old farmhouse in Drienerlo. A few years later, he was asked to design the permanent refectory of the university as well, where the chairs matched the rhythm of the interior seamlessly. The building was named ‘the Bastille’, which explains the nickname for which this chair is known. Its multifaceted appearance expresses an unconventional sense of order, typical of Piet Blom‘s architectural oeuvre of which his ‘cube houses’ in Rotterdam are most famous.

‘Thingography’ and ‘obstacle science’ are loose translations of the words Piet Blom liked to use instead of the more weighty term architecture. The words sound more playful and this suited him well: a broader definition of architecture without the need to make a distinction between house construction, urban development, furniture design or landscaping. For Piet Blom it all came down to plain arrangement, arrangement of life on every scale. Through his arrangements he could create space, which then — almost casually — could be given their name: chair, bed, room, house, garden, street, block, city, land.

There is a real shapeliness to Piet Blom‘s Bastille chair, without overpowering its simple function as a seat. Its silhouette is both expressively rhythmic and architectural. Only a few hundred were produced. This specimen is still in original condition and has never been repainted.

Reference material: Hiddema, S. Piet Blom en de Kunst van het Bouwen, Academie Minerva Pers: Groningen, 1984 + Hengeveld, Jaap et al. Het Rotterdam van Piet Blom: nieuw leven aan de Oude Haven, Amersfoort: Hengeveld Publicaties, 2010 + De Wit, C. “Blom is bezig met ‘een andere architectuur’” in Goed Wonen nr. 8, August 1964.
Text + images: © KADER design

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