Monday, March 9, 2009

Chair #68

—Designed by Gerrit Reitveld

I am sure there is some sort of weight limit disclaimer on this chair. Using only four elements joined with a system of dovetailing, Retiveld's Zig Zag chair's visual simplicity is actually complexly constructed.  The beautiful 1934 design is an expression of the "De Stijl" movement, and is part of a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. Made of natural cherry, Zig Zag can serve as a chair or a side table. It was initially manufactured by G. A. van de Groenekan, De Bilt, Netherlands and then Cassina, Italy from 1971. Each piece is numbered with an engraved signature and comes with certification to verify its authenticity.

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The history of Zig-Zag rolling papers

In the 19th Century, during the battle of Sevastopol, a French soldier (also known as a “Zouave”) had his clay pipe broken by a bullet. He had the brilliant idea of rolling his tobacco in a piece of paper torn from a bag of gunpowder.

In 1894, the Braunstein Brothers perfected the process of interleaving papers in a zig-zag manner and introduced a cigarette paper booklet under the name Zig-Zag®. In 1900, Zig-Zag gained international recognition when they were awarded a gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

For over 100 years the image of Le Zouave has been part of all Zig-Zag cigarette papers as a tribute to that creative soldier. Today, Le Zouave and Zig-Zag are known throughout the world as a premium cigarette paper.

        —Info from the Zig-Zag website

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