Monday, May 3, 2010
DEAN NUTLEY-Zig Zag Chair Gerrit Rietveld
Using only four elements joined with a system of dovetailing, the Zig Zag chair's visual simplicity belies a relatively complex construction.
This 1934 design is an expression of the "De Stijl" movement and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Made of natural cherry, Zig Zag can serve as a chair or a side table. Cassina is the exclusive licensed and authorized manufacturer of Gerrit Rietveld designs world-wide. Each piece is numbered with an engraved signature and comes with certification to verify its authenticity.Gerrit Rietveld Zig Zag chair, Red and Blue Chair and other designs have become architectural design favorites among his other reproductions. Gerrit Rietveld was born in the Netherlands in 1888. By the age of 23, Gerrit Rietveld was studying architecture and started a furniture factory. In 1918, he designed what has become one of his most famous designs, the Red and Blue Chair.The Zig-Zag chair was a complete departure from all previous chairs. It has no legs, it is made of planes only, and the supporting part is diagonal. It can be used as a stacking chair, and it requires a minimum of space.Gerrit Rietveld was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1888. He was originally a qualified cabinet-maker. From 1930 he was working as an independent architect. Until 1931 Rietveld was a member of the artist group "De Stijl". He died in Utrecht in 1964.