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Welcome Rietveld's Van Daalen House!

Van Daalen House, Gerrit Rietveld, Bergeijk 1958. Photos: Arjan Bronkhorst. 

In Bergeijk, a village in the south of the Netherlands, near the Belgian border, architect Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) designed a modernist house for the Van Daalen family. The Van Daalen house is situated along the edge of the forest of the former weaving factory De Ploeg. The house was designed in 1956; Roelof van Daalen was then co-director of progressive weaving factory De Ploeg and furniture subsidiary 't Spectrum.

The house was completed in 1958. The interior still has many typical and original Rietveld elements, including bedroom furniture, fitted wardrobes, carpeting in a striped pattern and a kitchen unit with receding drawers. Recurring detail is the cube-shaped transparent handle. The other furnishings date from the time when 't Spectrum produced well-known design classics.

Indoor-outdoor Experience
The Van Daalen house is a striking example of how Rietveld blurred the boundaries between interior and exterior. Contact with nature is optimized by narrow strips of glass between the roof and the wall. Each bedroom has its own outside door, which gave the children an enormous feeling of freedom. But above all, the large square windows of the living room offer a beautiful view of the garden designed by landscape designer Mien Ruys (1904-1999).

Van Daalen House model, Gerrit Rietveld, Collection Centraal Museum Utrecht. 

Visit Van Daalen House, April - November 2022
Every first Friday of the month from April-November the house can be visited via a guided tour. The tour starts at the entrance of the National Monument De Ploeg (Riethovensedijk 20 in Bergeijk). The maximum number of participants is 8. The tour is currently in Dutch. As of 2023, the tour will also be offered in English. Get your ticket here.

Book: Gerrit Rietveld - Wealth of Sobriety
To prepare you well for your visit or to enjoy it afterwards, there is this impressive book by photographer Arjan Bronkhorst, with texts by authors Willemijn Zwikstra and Marc van den Eerenbeemt a.o. It tells the story about architect Gerrit Rietveld and his relation with his clients. What was the influence of these clients on his designs, and how do people live in a Rietveld designed home? In over 500 pages and almost 400 photos, a selection of 20 houses and interiors by Gerrit Rietveld are shown extensively.
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Publication date 20 July 2022