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Project by Gerrit Rietveld, relaunched by Rietveld Originals X Hay in 2023

Initially designed to make use of surplus wooden shipping crates by Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld in 1934, the Crate Collection has been relaunched in a Rietveld Originals x HAY collaboration. Made with respect for the original design, the Crate Lounge Chair shares the same precisely balanced proportions and transparent construction to minimise production costs and optimise the assembly process. Featuring low proportions with a gently sloping back and seat with supportive armrests, the chair’s simplicity and spatial design mirrors the designer’s architectural style – providing functionality and comfort without absorbing space. Crafted in solid pine, with a water-based lacquered finish in different colour options, the Crate Lounge Chair is suitable for a wealth of outdoor settings, and can be supplemented with optional seat cushions in selected textiles for extra comfort.


  • An outdoor collection of chairs and tables in varying sizes and colours.
  • The collection comprises a dining chair, dining bench, dining table, lounge chair, lounge sofa, low table, and a side table.
  • Made with respect for the original design sharing the same aesthetic strength and precisely balanced proportions.
  • Knock-down construction that only requires screw assembly.
  • Made in solid pinewood with a specially developed surface treatment for outdoor use.
  • FSC™-certified.
  • The wood has been dried to a humidity specifically for outdoor use, which enables it to withstand outdoor conditions.
  • Therefore, we recommend that it is only used outdoors to avoid risk of wood shrinkage.
  • Suitable for a wide variety of outdoor private and public environments.
  • Qualified for contract use


  • Low Table 45x45cm is fully assembled.
  • Side Table is knock-down with pre-assembled tabletop.
  • Low Table 75x75cm and Dining Table are knock-down with pre-assembled tabletops and leg sections.
  • Dining Chair, Lounge Chair, Dining Bench and Lounge Sofa are knock-down with pre-assembled seat, back and leg sections


  • Crate collection: Solid pinewood with special outdoor surface treatment; a primer and two-layer coating.
  • Glider: Black plastic glider.
  • Options: Crate Cushions.


  • Water-based lacquered pinewood
  • Black water-based lacquered pinewood
  • White water-based lacquered pinewood
  • Iron red water-based lacquered pinewood
  • London fog water-based lacquered pinewood


Crate Lounge Chair: Width: 58 cm x Depth: 77 cm x Height: 64,5 cm. Seat Height: 32 cm. Seat Depth: 44,5 cm


The Crate Collection consists of:

  • Crate Low Table
  • Crate Lounge Chair
  • Crate Dining Table
  • Crate Side Table
  • Crate Dining Bench
  • Crate Lounge Sofa
  • Crate Dining Chair

About the designer

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964) was one of the greatest Dutch architects and furniture designers of all times. Son of a carpenter, Rietveld was trained by his father as a cabinetmaker before setting up his own shop in 1917. By 1919, he had embarked upon a career in architecture and joined the ’De Stijl’ Movement, which helped define his progressive style.

Rietveld’s avant-garde approach was focused on adapting and adjusting architecture to the ways people lived their lives, constantly seeking harmony between architecture and interior. Significant furniture pieces include the Red and Blue Chair in 1917, and the Zig Zag Chair designed in 1934. Rietveld’s mission to create well-designed and affordable furniture for the masses echoes HAY’s values, resulting in a Rietveld Originals x HAY collaboration with the relaunch of his iconic Crate series from 1934.


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