Piet Mondrian’s primary colours in contemporary furniture

Published by Creativando 3 March 2016
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Who’s Piet Mondrian. A short biography.

Piet Mondrian is one of the greatest exponents of abstract art of the early twentieth century. Dutch painter, born in 1872, encouraged by his father to study art, he attended the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam and devoted himself to the study of nature, landscape and mostly trees, a symbol of the link between earth and sky, reality and spirit.

His artistic career sees him experiencing a gradual decomposition of the subject and get close to different styles and expressive techniques, from Fauvism to Symbolism, from Pointillism to Cubism, with Parisian influences.

In 1917, in the climate of the First World War, he founded – together with his friend and artist Theo Van Doesburg – the group and the magazine De Stijl, in which they theorized the principles of neo-Plasticism.

The distinctive elements of the movement and its works are a palette made only with primary colours and straight, orthogonal, black lines. This way, the apparent reality becomes "abstract", idealized, symbol itself of the creative activity.

Mondrian’s “compositions” in the 20s define his universally recognized style and make him one of the most quoted and respected artists worldwide.

In the last part of his life, his style evolved again. In New York, where he moved in '40, Mondrian abandoned the rigidity of previous works. The black disappeared and left room for coloured lines, dynamized by alternated sections of blue, red and yellow. The new vital and musical rhythm comes from “boogie-woogie”, that inspired the artist, who also dedicated to it his last unfinished work “Victory Boogie Woogie” in 1944, the year of his death.

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Mondrian-style décor

Many designers and stylists have been fascinated by the works of the Dutch Master. The pure colours and his basic geometric style inspired the most varied interpretations.

The first to apply to the three dimensions of the underlying principles of Mondrian paintings is the architect and compatriot Gerrit Rietveld. He starts from orthogonal lines and primary colours to design architectures and furnishings able to materialize Mondrian’s paintings. One of the most renowned designer chairs is the Red and blue chair (1918), almost a three-dimensional work by Mondrian, born from the faithful application of neo-Plasticism theories.

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We are at the origins of design, of applied art and handicraft promotion, the quality and originality that will support the industrial production.

The influences of neo-Plasticism will be strong also in the Bauhaus (the most important art school of the twentieth century), that theorized precisely the importance of the union between aesthetic value, art and technique.

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Exclusive and metropolitan, the Mondrian style furnishings complement both contemporary and traditional décor, because of the absolute rigor of geometry and the basic colours used.

Design chairs, bookcases, furniture, tables and even complements, combine aesthetics decorative with the highest functionality. Useful, but also beautiful.

Tribute to Mondrian: a collection of design objects

In perfect urban style, the complements and design objects that Creativando dedicated to Mondrian, arose from the love for the works of this great artist and the affinity with the ideas expressed by neo-Plasticism.

The pleasantness of the geometries, the simplicity of the stroke, the use of primary colours, convinced us to develop a number of items dedicated to this artistic language.

The "founder" of the family is the pouf «Cubolibre Mondrian», made of faux leather fabric, digitally printed. It can be used as a seat, small table and, thanks to the high density polyurethane foam, even as a low stool or ladder. Bright colours, functionality and production quality in a useful product, with its clean and ergonomic design.

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Other products of the collection were added to «Cubolibre», such as the «Mondrian Style» design clock, the magazine rack «Oplà! Bauhaus», the «Art-Up» coat hook, and many Italian ceramic objects. If we succeeded in intriguing you, discover the whole Mondrian Style collection by Creativando, perfect for an unusual and cultured gift.