Myrkr Chair by WORD


Los Angeles designer Christopher Warren of WORD has created a collection of chairs made of plywood grids for an exhibition of artists' books.

Called Myrkr Chair (meaning 'darkness'), each piece is made of a single sheet of 12mm plywood, laser-cut and assembled with dowels.

The chairs are dyed black and lacquered.

The furniture formed part of an exhibition called The Page at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University in California last month.

Photographs are by Christopher Warren, Mark Bittoni and Andrew Liang.

Here's some text from Christopher Warren:

Myrkr Chair by WORD

Old Norse for "darkness", Myrkr is conceived of light and shadow.

Its design answers the modern call for material efficiency and the utilization of technology; however, the common contemporary desires for thinness and gloss have been replaced by volume and subtlety.

"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." - Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows

For Myrkr, modern fabrication techniques have been combined with traditional assembly methods.

The lounge chair has no metal connections, but rather is made from a single laser-cut sheet of 12mm plywood and 144 dowels.

It has been dipped in black aniline dye and finished with lacquer.

Myrkr is light, very comfortable, and surprisingly stable.

Posted on Thursday March 4th 2010 at 12:08 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • creature

    A spectacular design by a talented designer. Well done.

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  • Echelonsonly

    Beautiful but I wonder how easily it will tip backward.

  • dlegrand

    aint nothin but a g thang. keep up the nice work chris!

  • jack the ripper

    just when I thought the world did not need another chair ,this is very surprising and beautiful .more an art piece than something to sit on …

  • Every angle is rich.

    By the way… what does a g thang mean?

  • tommi

    better than chipperfield!

  • aaron

    is a chair actually a chair, if you cant sit on it? It quite sad that the main purpose of product and industrial design has been forgotten by “designers” in our days.

  • gaque

    i love this chair. the shadows are beautiful.

    i bet OMA or BIG or some other 3-letter-office will make an identical shape soon, except 500x bigger scale for china.

  • webberonit

    aaron, the website shows someone sitting in it, so i guess it works?