‘Zig Zag Chairs’
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Utrecht 24-6-1888 - Utrecht 25-6-1964)
Untreated planed elm wood panels 19 mm, glued with five dovetail joints, bolts and nuts of brass.
75 x 44.5 x 37 cm
We obtained these ZigZag chairs from the first owner Architect Ruud Wilmink from Amsterdam. At the end of his architecture studies, he personally ordered the chairs from Gerard van de Groenekan in De Bilt around 1970 for the furnishing of his first home. Quote:
“The furnishing of it (first home) was of course a challenging assignment for an aspiring architect like me. I made a design that included a number of chairs designed by Rietveld and went to De Bilt to order them from furniture maker Gerard van de Groenekan who, after the death of Gerrit Rietveld in 1964, had acquired the exclusive right to make them. I ordered four zigzag chairs, a Berlin chair and a red-blue chair
Together with the ‘Red and Blue’ chair and the ‘Divan’ table, the ZigZag chair is one of the most iconic pieces of furniture designed by Gerrit Rietveld. It is a revolutionary chair that, like the first so-called cantilever tubular steel chairs, no longer stood on four legs and seems to defy gravity. Furthermore, the chair does not consist of a frame that supports a seat and back anymore, but of four planes, each of which is constructively and optically equally important.