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  • Provenance

    Han Schröder, Utrecht, the Netherlands

  • Literature

    Daniele Baroni, The Furniture of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, New York, 1978, pp. 136-37
    Marijke Küper and Ida van Zijl, Gerrit Th. Rietveld 1888-1964, The Complete Works, exh. cat., Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 1992, pp. 145-47
    Peter Vöge, The Complete Rietveld Furniture, Rotterdam, 1993, p. 39, fig. 59, p. 83, figs. 118-20
    Ida van Zijl, Gerrit Rietveld, London, 2010, pp. 103, 132-33, 226

  • Catalogue Essay

    Johanna (Han) Schröder was the daughter of Truss Schröder-Schräder, who commissioned Gerrit Thomas Rietveld to design the 1924 Rietveld-Schröder house in Utrecht. For several years Rietveld worked at a studio in the Rietveld-Schröder house; he was an important and infuential presence during Han’s youth. As an adult, Han became an architect and for several years she assisted Rietveld on various projects including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Later she opened her own architectural practice, designed award-winning buildings in Holland, became a professor of interior design in the United States, and advised on the restoration of the Rietveld-Schröder house.

  • Artist Biography

    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

    Dutch • 1888 - 1964

    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld began as an apprentice in his father's cabinetmaking workshop, going on to train and work as a draftsman. In 1917 he started his own furniture-making workshop in Utrecht. Positive critical review by Theo van Doesburg in his journal De Stijl resulted in near-instantaneous influence on broader developments in European modernism. This connection to the De Stijl movement also inspired him to introduce color to the posts, rails and terminals of his furniture. His resulting "Red-blue" armchair is among the most iconic chair designs of the twentieth century.

    From the beginning, Rietveld embraced modernist principles of functionalism, simplicity of form and mass-production, and eventually moved away from De Stijl to become a member of the Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM). Rietveld worked through the post-war years, completing a number of private residences, housing developments and institutions. He continued to design furniture for these commissions as well as for retailers like Metz & Co.

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Pair of "Zig Zag" chairs

designed 1932, executed circa 1960
White-stained pine.
Each: 29 1/2 x 14 5/8 x 17 3/8 in. (75 x 37 x 44 cm)
Produced by G. Van de Groenekan, de Bilt, the Netherlands. Underside of each chair with manufacturer's printed paper label G. A. v. d. GROENEKAN Utrechtseweg 315, DE BILT and signed in pen NEDERLAND.

$20,000 - 25,000 

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