Design Objects - The Zig-Zag chair (1934) by Gerrit Rietveld

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The Zig-Zag chair is one of the first examples of a cantilevered solid wood chair, formed by four flat pieces of wood joined in sequence to create an extremely sophisticated design, reminding the Z-letter, that would mimic the way a human sit

The Zig-Zag chair is more than a NEW design:

  • It had a radical formulation having no feet, just a base, which was unthinkable for that epoque.
  • Although it looks slender and fragile, being quite reduced in size (only W37 D48 H74 cm), it is reinforced by clever joinery, so it is solid, stable, and comfortable.
  • Moreover, it is stackable.
  • It is multifunctional, can be used as a coffee table or a chair.

In 1973, the Italian producer CASSINA re-launches this model in colored versions as part of a special collection named “I Maestri” (along with other timeless design objects).

Today the Zig-Zag chair is made from slats in solid American cherry or ash tree painted white, red, yellow, blue, or black.

Zig Zag colored

The Zig-Zag designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld in 1934 and was quickly declared a design icon, loved until today and included in most sophisticated interior design projects. 

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