Spirit House Chair by Daniel Libeskind


Spirit house Chair by Daniel Liebskind

Architect Daniel Libeskind has unveiled Spirit House Chair, his first commercial furniture design.

The stainless steel chair has been created for the interior of his extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, which opens next month.


Nineteen of the 180lb chairs will be placed within the new wing, which is called the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

A further limited edition series of the chairs will be produced and sold by Toronto furniture company Klaus Nienkämper.

Libeskind's extension to the museum opens on 2 June.

Below is a statement from Libeskind and a description of the chair:


As with virtually all of my designs, the creation of the Spirit House Chair was influenced by its surroundings. In this case, the new Lee-Chin Crystal’s exterior and the interlocking, self-supporting structures, which are reminiscent of crystals.

The intersection of two of these crystals creates a void at the heart of the building - the Spirit House. The Spirit House is a place to reflect and to experience; I am hopeful that the Spirit House Chair will evoke similarly thoughtful emotions.

Daniel Libeskind
May 9, 2007

Spirit House Chair

In addition to carrying out the renovations to the existing buildings of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and designing the new Crystal, Studio Daniel Libeskind, working with the nienkämper furniture company, has designed a chair for the newly constructed Spirit House in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

The chair, which is constructed from 14 gauge (.075" thick) stainless steel, weighs 180 pounds, stands 35.5" tall and is 46.5" wide. The finish is brushed with hand polished seams. Each Spirit House Chair takes approximately 40 hours to complete and has an engraved signature from Daniel Libeskind on the top. To date, a total of 21 chairs have been made; 19 will be housed at the ROM.

Essentially a large atrium rising from below ground level to the fourth floor, and containing a number of criss-crossing bridges at various levels, the Spirit House is intended to be a place for visitors to reflect upon the exhibitions they have experienced in one of the gallery spaces before moving on to the next.

The Spirit House Chair is the first piece of commercial furniture designed by Daniel Libeskind. The museum gift shops will take orders for the chair, which is priced at $12,000.

Posted on Monday May 14th 2007 at 9:20 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Grzechu

    simply ugly…

  • Nuno

    This is horrible…. damn it. Is design dead?! :/

  • YUNG

    this chair doesn’t make any sense…

  • Moonen

    BUT it’s comfortable.

  • dAN

    xxl urinal?

  • simply ugly…

    what’s not symply ugly from Daniel? In my Hometown Bern, Switzerland, we are praised with this, what is it, thing:


  • tim

    ugly yes but it does match the building
    with is also ugly

  • Qais S

    He expects someone with a Ferrite arse to sit on this one?…….someone could get hurt with this kind of weapon!!!

  • Human bodies have curves, which this chair ignores. His design certainly won’t keep people lingering in the museum.

  • shonquis

    I think it’s beautiful and intriguing, suits its environment and makes me want to try sitting in it to see if it’s as uncomfortable as it looks. Museums don’t want visitors loitering all day long anyway. i think this piece of design is perfectly legit.

  • lisa

    the chair is quite comfortable, it doenst look it at all, but u could lounge in it for a long period of time, and it really DOESN”T ignore human ergonomics

  • this chair doesn’t make any sense

  • norm

    Love it. such an exciting design, creative, but 12 grand, too much

  • Anschluss

    The chair is an optical car-crash…just like his Royal Ontario Museum “improvements”.

  • I loved Tim’s comment:

    ugly yes but it does match the building
    with is also ugl

    I have sat on this chair. It is painfully uncomfortable and hideously ugly. The very idea of making a “chair that weighs 180 lbs and costs $12000 is ludicrous.

    Libeskind is – withough a doubt – the greatest charlatan that the architectural profession has ever produced. Have you seen the piano “design” for Schimmel? Apparently, Thorsell has been suckered for that too!

  • chairman

    the chair is great. it's easy to sit on your asses posting all the while from the side lines. get in the game, you are more credible that way. by the way, they sell really well