Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rietveld buffet cabinet

In addition to the famous Red and Blue Chair discussed yesterday, Rietveld designed lots of other furniture, including this buffet from 1919 that was more recently recreated in LEGO by Minale Maeda.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Red and Blue Chair

Continuing on with Gerrit Rietveld, in addition to building buildings he also designed furniture, and his Red and Blue Chair was designed in 1917 using the principles of the De Stijl art school. The chair is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but is currently on display in New Zealand. Due to it's flat surfaces and primary color scheme, the chair has been recreated in LEGO forum several times, including those below (probably lots of others that I've missed as well).

Matija Grguric, Paul Toxopeus

Nick Barrett, Barry Bosman

RabbitDesign, Michael Jasper

Barman, Andrew Hodges

Mario Minale, orignal by Rietveld

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rietveld Schröder House

In yesterday's post I mentioned the Rietveld Schröder House (here in LEGO form by Nick Barrett). Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch designer and architect and a proponent of De Stijl ("The Style"), or Neoplasticism, which brought things down to their essential form, used only primary colors and black and white, and featured mainly vertical and horizontal lines (e.g. the work of Mondrian). In 1924 he designed this house for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder, implementing the design concepts of De Stijl. It was also unique in that she wanted there to be no walls, so the upstairs is one open room with sliding and rotating panels that can divide it up into separate living spaces when wanted, or moved aside to make one big room (as you can see in Barrett's model). Here's another rendition of the house by Jan-Albert van Ree.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Continuing on with yesterday's look at Kandinsky, Nick Barrett put a version of Kandinsky's Yellow-Red-Blue on the walls of his Rietveld-Schröder house. Barrett notes that the architect, Gerrit Rietveld, was friends with Kandinsky. I'll look at the house itself tomorrow, but the painting was created by Kandinsky in 1925 and is now found in the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles

Today's Google doodle marks the 148th birthday of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky was an influential artist who was born in Russia, later moved to Germany where he taught at the Bauhaus school, and lived his later years in France. He is credited as one of the very first abstract painters, focusing more on shapes and colors than on representing figures, landscapes, or other more traditional subjects for paintings. One example of this is his Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles. He painted this in 1913; it is now housed at the Stadtische Galerie in Lenbach, Germany. Here is a LEGO rendition of Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles that Bill Vollbrecht made for Legoland California and another (perhaps also by Bill?) on display at Legoland Windsor

Friday, December 12, 2014


Currently Ai Weiwei has a large exhibit showing at Alcatraz, in San Francisco. A portion of this show is Trace, a large room full of LEGO mosaics of 175+ current and past prisoners of conscience, from well known examples like Nelson Mandela to much more obscure figures. You can download a pdf guide to the display see it in person, along with other art by Weiwei, at Alcatraz until next April.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lascaux cave paintings

Some of the earliest artworks are the cave paintings found in various places, such as Lascaux, France. Max Pointner made a LEGO rendition of the Red Cow with a Black Head. This and the other paintings at Lascaux are estimated to be 17,300 years old.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Birth of Nerdus

Hi all,
First up, I just wanted to apologize for my six month hiatus. I've been blogging about LEGO for nine years now, and from time to time I've just gotten a bit run down and distracted from my family of blogs. However, in the meantime, I'm constantly going through Flickr, Brickshelf, and other sites, and probably every day I bookmark a few more things that I keep meaning to post. I've gotten a couple of nice notes asking where I've been, and I guess it's time to come back. Also, during the year I save up LEGO books to review as people are getting ready for Christmas, and want to get those posted. And so, back to blogging. Hopefully I won't have too many interruptions in the near future. I've certainly got a backlog of great creations to feature.

The LEGO blog BrickNerd recently held a contest to build versions of their mascot Nerdly, and Iain Heath took the top honors with his creation Nudely, aka "Botticelli's Birth of Nerdus". The original 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli is on display in Florence.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Starry Night

Starry Night, painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1889, depicts the view outside the window of his sanatorium at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he was being treated after a breakdown and severe depression. As this is an extremely well known and popular artwork, it has been depicted in LEGO form many times.

Arthur Gugick

E.J. Bocan

Alan Boar

Legoland California

Nathan Sawaya

Legoland Discovery Center - Chicago

Son Nguyen


Ed Hall


Original painting by Van Gogh:

And here's a depiction of Van Gogh by Kadigan

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kryptonian Birth Machine

Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger recently died at the age of 74. In addition to painting and sculpture, he also worked on special effects and movie design, sharing part of an Academy Award for his work on Alien. Grantmasters made this LEGO version of Giger's sculpture Birth Machine.