I was actually looking for Rietveld’s Red and Blue chair, but i found the 1934 Zigzag chair. I must confess that since my enthusiasm for anything past the year 1700 is fairly recent, when i was in my uncle’s house in Friesland 2 years ago and he showed me this chair, i had NO idea what it was (just to come totally clean: i also spent several days in Utrecht without visiting the Schroder house—cringe).
This chair is out of control. As one Metroactive writer puts it, the chair ‘not only looks like a set piece from Sprockets, it will make you feel like Dieter when sitting on it. For those who don’t mind sitting on a 90-degree-angled wooden chair with no gluteal padding and have $925 to burn (not including shipping and handling), the zig-zag could be the ticket. For people with bony behinds, however, the chair makes for a stunning bedside or end table.’ Hmmm. A diverse piece.
Anyway, here is a MUCH cooler vid of a guy building it. I like how he uses all hand tools (at least in the video) and how he uses a hybrid of eastern (saw) and western (plane) tools.
-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor