The Harrenstein-Schräder Commission
In 1926, Gerrit Rietveld and Truus Schröder-Schräder were commissioned to design the renovation of the Harrenstein-Schräder residence. Dr. Rein Harrenstein, an accomplished pediatrician, was married to Schröder-Schräder’s sister, An. The couple had an extensive circle of friends including artists and designers, and it was fitting for Rietveld and Schröder-Schräder to take on the project, designing the living room and bedroom of the couple’s Amsterdam home and later, a guest room and Dr. Harrenstein’s surgery, office and waiting room where the present lot would have been utilized.
In 1971, when the home and adjacent offices were demolished, the bedroom was bought in its entirety by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam where it can be viewed today.