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Zig-Zag chair

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Dutch, 1888–1964)

c. 1938

Medium deal and hardware Measurements H: 27 3/4 x W: 14 5/8 x D: 14 5/8 in. (70.48 x 37.15 x 37.15 cm) Credit Gift of Mary Jo and Jim Winokur Accession Number 2008.44 Location Gallery 9, Scaife Galleries

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The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.

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Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife, 2008.44, Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas, Zig-Zag chair, c. 1938
The Zig-Zag chair synthesizes flat planes, straight lines, and undisguised materials in a crisp, cantilevered design that is geometrically simple yet structurally complex. The chair’s minimal composition and straightforward use of materials reflect the goals of clarity, austerity, and universal harmony in architecture and design that were espoused by Gerrit Rietveld and his fellow proponents of De Stijl (1917–1928). The Zig-Zag chair has the distinction of being the first of Rietveld’s furniture designs to be commercially produced, in 1935. The example seen here descended in the artist’s family.
Date: 2008
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA