Chair “Zig-Zag”

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964)
The Netherlands, 1932
De Bilt Van de Gronekan edition, 1968
Solid elm, assembled with screws
Purchased, 1968
Inv. 41658
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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The Zig-Zag chair, designed in 1932 by the Dutch designer, cabinetmaker and architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, created/gave place to several technical experiments in order to be produced on an industrial scale, one of the difficulties being the assembly of the wood timbers. Zig-Zag fits into the artistic movement of the 1920s, De Stijl, characterized amongst other things by rigorous geometric order and recurrent use of the diagonal line that gives overall dynamism.