J.J.P. Oud: Cafe de Unie, Rotterdam poster


Artist: J.J.P. Oud

A large poster showing a drawing of J.J.P. Oud's 1925 facade for the Cafe de Unie in Rotterdam - a design that cut through the surrounding traditional Dutch buildings like a hot knife through cold butter. 

At the time, Oud was trying to translate Mondrian's principles of neoplasticism into architecture - it didn't go down so well! The Cafe was destroyed by an air raid in 1940. The designs were more warmly appreciated in the 1980s when the Cafe was rebuilt elsewhere in Rotterdam, and still stands. Today, along with Mondrian's compositions and Rietveld's classic chair, Cafe De Unie is considered one of the most important icons of the De Stijl movement.

Approximate dimensions: 70cm x 100cm

About J.J.P. Oud (1890-1963)

Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud, known as J.J.P, was a leading Dutch architect, designer, and urban planner of the modern movement. In 1917, alongside Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian, he became involved with the experimental De Stijl group of avant-garde artists and their important journal. Oud was known for his austere asymmetry. He cared passionately about housing and won plaudits for his mass-produced, economical domestic designs.