In 1917 Gerrit Rietveld designed his iconic Red and Blue Chair (below). His aim was to produce something which was not just an exercise in design, but also a piece of art, trying to lay aside all preconceptions of how a chair might look. The result was perfectly comfortable and functional as a piece of furniture but also a playful and highly imaginative piece of work.

A hundred years on, and our fascination and interest in primaries and modular design still continues. In our search for primary coloured products for our Colour Issue trends pages, we stumbled upon the new playful Bau Pendant light by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt for Normann Copenhagen (top), as well as Gianni Rossi’s interlocking Bauchair for Seletti (below). Both of these designs combine colour with geometry to create an interlocking geometric design reminiscent of the Rietveld chair.

We think Rietveld would’ve enjoyed this reinvention.

See the latest Colour Issue of ELLE Decoration for our colour-filled trends pages, including our roundup of primary brights.