june, 2015

24junAll DayGerrit Thomas RietveldBirthday


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Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Date of death: 25.06.1964
Place of death: Utrecht, Netherlands

Architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld is known for his Roodblauwe Stoel (red-blue chair), which is held in primary colours. The term primary colour, though, is not as straight forward as a speaker of an Indo-European language might think. In Old High German the Latin word for yellow (“flavus”) could be translated with both “gelb” (yellow) and “blao” (blue). Japan, on the other hand, traditionally doesn’t know the category green. Their term “gurin” is a loanword from English “green”. In their conception, green is a yellow shade of blue.


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