Art: Back in Stijl

Nothing could sound more universal than the Style, or de Stijl as its Dutch founders dubbed it in 1917. That was precisely what they wanted: a pure, pristine art that pierced beyond the world of appearances and individuals. In achieving it, de Stijl changed and unified the appearance of the world.

The staggered buildings of city planning, the glass boxes of much modern architecture, advertising layouts, type faces, furniture, all stem from the taste of de Stijl and other geometrically influenced art isms of the 20th century. Fundamentally, de Stijl's hallmarks were 1) the right angle, 2) the primary colors (red,...

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