Miniatures Zig Zag Stoel
Gerrit Rietveld, 1934
Along with the Rood Blauwe Stoel (1918), the Zig Zag Stoel is probably the best-known of Gerrit T. Rietveld's designs. Rietveld takes up Mart Stam's idea for a cantilevered chair (1926) and makes formal references to the Sitzgeiststuhl of the brothers Heinz and Bodo Rasch (1927).Although it is constructed with four individual boards, the Zig Zag Stoel represents a variation on an old theme: the chair made from a single piece of wood. It was only four years later that Rietveld succeeded in building the first cantilevered chair made with a single sheet of plywood. Nevertheless, the Zig Zag Stoel is regarded as an admirable synthesis of form, function and construction. It was produced with and without armrests, with a perforated or solid back surface, and in a child high chair version.