Rockefeller Dining Room, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich

Furniture for a complete work of art

The “Rockefeller Dining Room”, the artistic heritage created by Fritz Glarner in 1963–64 has been on display at Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich since 2008. The museum invited Alfredo Häberli to breathe new life into this testimony to concrete interior design. To achieve this, Häberli designed special furniture comprising a large table, twenty wire chairs and a matching LED ceiling light made from steel sections, which were constructed by Girsberger.

Zurich, Switzerland

Alfredo Häberli Design Development

Table, chairs and ceiling light based on design specifications

Stefan Altenburger (project photos)
Daniel Kuhn (making of and structure)

The room is part of the permanent exhibition and can thus be experienced once more in its original function.  The Dining Room brings together the individual large-scale oil-on-canvas panels which covered the walls and ceiling of the dining room in the New York city apartment belonging to Nelson A. Rockefeller and his wife.

Fritz Glarner's conceptual ideas focused on the complex relationships between colours, the interaction between forms and the relations between form and colour.  The new design elements incorporated in the furniture also feature lines and surfaces. The glass top of the dining table reflects Glarner's work and creates transparency in the room despite its large size.

By contrast, the wire chairs are like 3D sketches. When the room is used for dinners on special occasions – which is possible – specially created cushions offer added comfort.

The ceiling light, which has a minimalist design, enables direct and indirect lighting that can be dimmed individually and was designed to match the style of the table base.

The unusual screw fitting developed by Girsberger to attach the two clear-glass plates to the table base is a special design feature. It allows the floating, transparent character of the 4.8 m-long tabletop to be seen in full effect.