Gerrit Rietveld's first visual conception of the Zig-Zag Chair was completed in the early 1930s. With the Zig-Zag Chair, Rietveld continued his research on chairs that could be easily mass produced. The completed design was a chair without legs, resembling a bolt of lightening formed by four sheets of wood. The Zig-Zag chair is thus uninhibited by the supporting elements traditionally used in chairs. Each section of the chair is constructive and functional. The Zig-Zag chair was commercially produced by Metz & Co, Amsterdam, from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. This example belongs to a set of four constructed out of sturdy wood. Although this is a produced version, Rietveld went through a period of creating assorted prototypes out of various materials.
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Translated title

Zig-Zag Chair



Production date

ontwerp ca. 1932-1933, productie ca. 1935-1971


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74 x 37 x 44 x 43.5cm.


chair, elm, brass nuts and bolts

Object number

KNA 3414(1-4)1