Gerrit Rietveld Zig Zag chair pair G.A. v.d. Groenekan 1961

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Design iconic chair of all design chairs, this ultra rare and worldwide known ZigZag chair designed by one of the most important architects and furniture makers, designers Holland has ever known. This is probably one of the most known design chairs ever. It was originally designed in 1934 but was produced and made till now. There were several manufacturers, Rietveld, his cabinet maker and now Cassina. Even after Gerrit Rietveld died, Gerard v.d. Groenekan made several chairs. V.d. Groenekan was Rietvelds carpenter and he made most of his chairs after the very first that were made by Rietveld himself.

Provenance: This pair of chairs comes from as set of 4 purchased by fashion designer Iris de Leeuw. She remembered buying these chairs as if it was yesterday. She was inspired by the design of this chair and ordered them in 1960, in 1961 Gerard van de Groenekan called her if it was okay to make them in elm wood. The price of the chair in the day was about 25 Euro/ each. When she got the chairs home they were in wood, because of her dark floor she painted them white. Later when she moved to a home with light floor she painted them black. When the fashion in the 80s went cobalt blue she painted them blue but it didn't match with the chair so she painted them directly back to these Rietveld colors, Bordeaux red and grey. This paint is from ca 1982 and has fantastic user patina. Full provenance report is available with the sale.

Exhibition: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld S. Job Gallery Antwerp 11 October - 11 January 2013
Gerrit Rietveld (designer) (Designer)
In the Style Of
Mid-Century Modern
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Date of Manufacture
Materials and Techniques
Painted   Wood
Wear consistent with age and use
29.13 in. H x 14.57 in. W x 17.72 in. D
74 cm H x 37 cm W x 45 cm D
Seat Height
15.75 in. (40 cm)
Dealer Location
Roosendaal, Netherlands
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