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The Kit House
Kit-Houses of the 1930s are one of the first known examples of typological thinking in the realm of domestically mass-produced homes in the United States. The Harris catalog of house plans offered in 1920 contained a variety of these mass-produced bungalow style homes. Most plan layouts were on the minimal side of just 624 sq. ft. which included a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The M-1022 model was one of these such homes that exemplified early modernist theory surrounding typological thinking in the domestic sphere. ︎︎︎

While this home was a staple for mass-production in the United States, the resulting creation was that of a specific ‘type’ of living.

The Chair
The Rietveld Chair (later referred to as the Red-Blue Chair) was initially designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld using common nominal pieces of lumber that could be sourced from local hardware stores and built using simple means of assembly with hammer and nail. Rietveld did so in the hope that the chair could potentially be mass-produced for the common public consumer. Since its creation, the chair has since become an icon for both kit-of-parts design as well as the Dutch de Stijl movement of the 1920s. As a bi-product of its creation the Rietveld chair has ultimately established its own known “typology” of chair-ness in architectural furniture design and has since been the prototype for other stereotypical designs over the years.

What would happen if the chair’s known social context (its form, function, operability, etc.) were erased all together? What would be left? What if the parts that construct the chair are re-configured in a new way yet still provide the function of a chair? Would it still be within the ‘type’ of a Rietveld Chair? Or something else all together...