De Stijl: A House is a Painting

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Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Esteren; “Contra Construction” 1923

In 1923 van Doesberg and van Esteren worked on a show of De Stijl architecture to be exhibited at the Paris gallery L’Effort Moderne. With this design for a house, they demonstrated that the principles of De Stijl could be universally applied. They sought a unifying solution to the chaos of the world through an application of their aesthetic principals of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines to physical space. Their designs are paintings rendered in theoretical three dimensions.

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