Monday, June 17, 2013

Rietveld Schröderhuis - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #965

I've made a double swap with a UNESCO collector in Netherlands, they arrived both today, with very nice stamps - thanks Moniek! This one shows the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht and I have to be honest, even if it was a major architectural breakthrough in the 1920s I really don't see in it value for being in the list; historic place sure, need to be preserved intact and original has a important reference of course, but a world heritage site among less than 1000 spots - I can't get it, but of course the problem must be mine. Nevertheless it's a site and now I have it and that brings my collection to 50 down, 912 to go. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!

UNESCO #965 - Rietveld Schröder House - NETHERLANDS

The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was commissioned by Ms Truus Schröder-Schräder, designed by the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, and built in 1924. This small family house, with its interior, the flexible spatial arrangement, and the visual and formal qualities, was a manifesto of the ideals of the De Stijl group of artists and architects in the Netherlands in the 1920s, and has since been considered one of the icons of the Modern Movement in architecture.

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