Lego legacy

Minale-Maeda use the iconic children's building blocks to add a contemporary edge to classic pieces of furniture by Gerrit Rietveld.
Posted 12 Jul 10 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

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Dutch design duo Minale-Maeda (Kuniko Maeda and Mario Minale) have reinterpreted Gerrit Rietveld’s legendary “Buffet” for design company Droog.

Minale-Maeda have added a playful touch to the classic De Stijl piece by using Lego. The “Rietveld Lego Buffet” uses more than 25 000 pieces of Lego, but remains true to De Stijl’s call for simplified materials. Rietveld was committed to a “do-it-yourself” method of building furniture from standardized parts, and the Lego buffet comes close to fulfilling this ideal.The "Rietveld Lego Buffet" comes in a limited edition of five.

Mianale Maeda’s version of Rietveld’s iconic “red blue chair” is six percent larger than the original piece because of the size of standard Lego bricks. The chair was produced with Rietveld’s philosophy of making design widely available in mind, but copyright laws have prevented the Lego version from being mass produced.