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Truus Schröder-Schräder's dining area. (photo©Lucien den Arend)
After we had tea with Truus Schröder-Schräder, she closed the corner windows again because maintenance was needed and she didn't want them to fall off the house. The maintenance, for which preparations had been started, would be done during the total reconstruction of the house.
original Rietveld chairs in which to sit
It was an exciting experience to be able to sit in original Rietveld chairs (here the zigzag chairs around the table) made in the time he and Truus were building the house and later living in it. Nowadays the house is a museum with don't touch rules. To the left is the Steltman chair.
Because I didn't see Rietveld's Berlin Chair (now in the collection of the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum - KNA 1271), which I had seen in old photographs in the house, I told Truus Schröder-Schräder that a friend if mine and I had taken the measurements of that chair in the basement under the new wing of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to make a copy for myself. "Yes," she said "that's my chair; they had borrowed it for an exhibition some years ago and never returned it."
This natural oak table with the untouched curves of the oak tree has now been replaced by the military table which was made in the time they planned and built the house. Now it is a museum and there are guided tours. Visitors are obliged to wear special covers over their shoes, and the guide demonstrates the parts of the house wearing white gloves.