Built in 1924, the Rietveld Schroeder House was revolutionary in its time. It is like a three-dimensional version of a Piet Mondriaan painting - all rectangles in primary colours and strong verticals and horizontals in black and white. The smart use of space is amazing - folding wall panels open up the upstairs rooms, plus amazing window design and ingenious built-in cupboards and folding shelves. All very Dutch (space being at a premium in Holland). The emphasis is on functionality, which makes the house feel rather spartan. No comfy chairs or shelves of nick-nacks for Mrs. Schroeder!
The guided audio tour is very interesting, giving an insight into the lives of the creators of the house. The house was not designed just to make a statement, it was designed in this way because Mrs. Schroeder wanted it like this - she lived in this house for 60 years, so it must have suited her.
No bags, cameras or phones are allowed inside the house, but there are secure lockers in the entrance hall. You can buy postcards of the interior and photograph the outside and the display of scale models of the furniture.
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