Model 216 Armchair by Wim Rietveld for Gispen 1953, contemporized by Markus Friedrich Staab. Re-shaped to avoid its industrial fabrication and make it a singleton, hand-painted in blue, green, yellow and red neon colors, kneaded black armrests and finished with high gloss 2K varnish.
Many designers benefited from the Bauhaus spirit and were dedicated to color and functional design. Josef Albers, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Dörte Helm, Marianne Brandt, Florence Henri, Gertrud Arndt, Ilse Fehling and such gave a radical sight to modern design that still works today. The Peak of a Century chair is an homage to all of them.
Markus Friedrich Staab:
''Furniture has been with us almost since the beginning of time, not just for practical purposes, but as an expression of derivation, of religion, of hierarchy or as objects of utility. Functional pieces have served each one of us since childhood and surround us every day without adequate perception.
Through my work, I alter existing furniture into unique and individual objects. Mass-produced and homogenous pieces transubstantiated into singular and unique workings by employing original craftsmanship and design as the basis for this work.
Sustainability, reclamation, and loyalty are my cornerstones to create contemporary but atemporal, out of the box but classic furniture.
I am particularly interested to give value to overlooked, already used and matured pieces. To suit my taste I endow it with a new meaning a different assignation, a changed look, and design. Through this process, the item becomes a self-sufficient piece of applied serviceable art, functional and ready to use.''