An Important Dining Suite
From the Family of Gerrit Rietveld
In the late 1950s, Gerrit Rietveld’s grandson Alphonso “Fons” Johannes Seyler and his family embarked on a journey that took them from their home in The Netherlands to the Caribbean island of Aruba. Fons—the son of Guus Seyler and Elisabeth Rietveld—and his wife Gerda, were to manage Cas di Cultura, a cultural center in the capital city of Oranjestad that still operates as a hub for theater and music to this day. As a parting gift, Rietveld’s trusted cabinetmaker and longtime assistant, Gerard van de Groenekan, presented the family with this dining suite: a sleek table and set of six Zig-Zag chairs. After over a decade on the Island, the family returned to The Netherlands in 1971 with the dining suite in tow. It remained a cherished fixture in the Seyler’s home until 2011, when it was acquired by the present owner.