Gerrit Rietveld
Dutch, 1888 - 1964
G. A. van de Groenekan, fabricator (Holland)
Zig-Zag sidechair, 1939 (original design, 1934)

H. 27 3/4 x W. 14 5/8 x D. 14 5/8 in.

This remarkably stark design consists of only four rectangular sections. The seat and back have been dovetailed together, and the seat and base reinforced with two triangular wedges. The brass nuts and bolts holding these wedges together represent one of the few times in De Stijl design where the hardware became part of the overall decoration. This system of joining belies the complex construction of the piece: the nuts and bolts must pass through each of the panels to produce the necessary strength for the cantilevered structure.