Rietveld by the People is a project that was created upon the invitation of the Rietveld Bus Stop Foundation in Eindhoven, to give substance to the advertising pillar that is attached to this bus stop.
Gerrit Rietveld thought that the furniture he designed and made should be available to everyone and that his designs could possibly be copied. One could say a kind of ‘open source design’ avant la lettre. Many of his furniture pieces can be found on Marktplaats (the Dutch equivalent of Ebay) created by professionals, amateurs, retirees, fans, or people who just consider it feasible to make the furniture piece themselves. Every creator has their own story and, more than often, they have freely interpreted the sizes, materials and colours of the original Rietveld chair. Sometimes people even “improve” the piece of furniture and, for various reasons, give it its own identity.
Residency for the People – Rietveld by the People offers these people a lending hand by showing their furniture pieces at the Rietveld Bus stop (in addition to Marktplaats) and by showing the back stories of the makers, buyers, and sellers.