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Truus Schröder-Schräder sitting in a comfortable chair - looking out of the corner windows, which she had just opened for us - in her 'Rietveld House'. (photo©Lucien den Arend)
I had brought a maquette of my studio which a very capable student of mine had built according to my design, at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
In 1980 I had telephoned with Truus Schröder-Schräder about an earlier design of mine for a studio constructed from two concrete shells; knowing that Rietveld had drawn a side view of her house with the roof of the neighboring house seemingly on top of it, I had asked her if that indeed was to help the building inspectors of the city of Utrecht think that it had a roof (a house without a slanted roof is still not always easy to get permission for in Holland). This was the case. I wanted to know if my plan could work that way also. But my designs changed and I wanted to show her the result.