Rietveld was born in 1888 in Utrecht and lived there until his death in 1964. He was the son of a carpenter and was employed by his father until he was 15 years old. He went on to work as a draftsman, technical draftsman and soon was able to apply the things he learned to his own practice. He was most well-known for his architecture and paintings but he was also an enthusiast of photography, design and literature. He was a part of a group that found “De Stijl”. This era is one of my favorites because of how different it was from everything else that was going on at the time. It wasn’t the most popular design circulating at the time by any means. The artists knew this but held fast to their designs and celebrated it regardless of the opinion of the majority.