...the aesthetic value of a building from the purity of its relationships, the clarity of the spatial expression by its masses, planes and lines, finally, by the tension of its constructional relief, and not by its ornament...the aesthetic value of sculpture, as an object of use, interior and exterior, as chair, vase, stove, lamp-post, and not as ornament.
Furniture for Five Row Houses
Architect J.J.P. Oud
J.J.P. Oud was one of several architects to participate in Seidlung Weissenhof, Stuttgart, a 1927 exhibition of modern architectural solutions to contemporary living. The overall settlement included twenty-one projects and sixty-three dwellings designed by seventeen architects and furnished by fifty-five interior designers. For the exhibition Oud designed Five Row Houses that achieved international attention and wide praise for their floor plan and layout. The five houses, numbered five through nine, were furnished by various architects and designers, but Oud himself outfitted number eight. From the color of the walls and the art selected to a table, chairs and stool he designed specifically for the interior, Oud considered living down to the smallest details.
Of the exhibition Oud wrote: “I hardly expected my house to arouse any significant interest at the exhibition; however, it is only an attempt to build a proper private dwelling: a problem that hardly plays a part in the field of architecture. Since these days everything, even the smallest things, should be architecture, I had not expected my un-architectural house to attract the attention it did.”