Et tu, Bertus?

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January 23, 2009

People often introduce Bertus Mulder by talking about his extraordinary pedigree.

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  The Rietveld Schröder house, built in 1926, is often described as the first truly modern building.
    The Rietveld Schröder house, built in 1926, is often described as the first truly modern building.
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  Color featured prominently in the Rietveld Schröder House, although Rietveld later banished it from his work. Mulder’s restoration reinstated the yellow stacking cabinet on the left.
    Color featured prominently in the Rietveld Schröder House, although Rietveld later banished it from his work. Mulder’s restoration reinstated the yellow stacking cabinet on the left.
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  Rietveld’s Red and Blue chair, designed in 1917, is a dramatic composition of planes and lines. The colors were inspired by Mondrian, a fellow member of the influential De Stijl movement.
    Rietveld’s Red and Blue chair, designed in 1917, is a dramatic composition of planes and lines. The colors were inspired by Mondrian, a fellow member of the influential De Stijl movement.
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  Despite its stylistic modernity, the house was built using the artisanal techniques and traditional materials of the 1920s. Mulder was careful to preserve this imperfect, hand-made quality in his restoration.
    Despite its stylistic modernity, the house was built using the artisanal techniques and traditional materials of the 1920s. Mulder was careful to preserve this imperfect, hand-made quality in his restoration.
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  The Building is a collaboration with conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn, completed in 2006. From the side, it appears to be T-shaped; actually it’s a cross, composed of one rectangle balancing on another.
    The Building is a collaboration with conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn, completed in 2006. From the side, it appears to be T-shaped; actually it’s a cross, composed of one rectangle balancing on another.
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  The steel-framed structure appears to perform a balancing act. Mulder says only Brouwn could have envisaged the Building, “because he’s not an architect, and he doesn’t know what’s not possible.”
    The steel-framed structure appears to perform a balancing act. Mulder says only Brouwn could have envisaged the Building, “because he’s not an architect, and he doesn’t know what’s not possible.”
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  Rietveld designed the Aula in the 1960s.
    Rietveld designed the Aula in the 1960s.
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  Following airport expansion, Mulder built a “new” Aula in the 1990s. “It’s a better Rietveld,” he says. “The quality of the building is better.”
    Following airport expansion, Mulder built a “new” Aula in the 1990s. “It’s a better Rietveld,” he says. “The quality of the building is better.”

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