Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders
for Moooi


Milan 2010: Dutch designer Marcel Wanders exhibits a chair with a snarling face on its backrest at Moooi in Milan this week.

Called Monster Chair, the piece is upholstered in black quilted leather.

Wanders has also created a cushion with matching monster's face and a black quilted leather version of his Boutique sofa.

The chair is on show in the Zona Tortona district. See all our stories about Milan 2010 in our special category.

Here's a story from Marcel Wanders:

One day I will die, I foresee a dramatic ending with some fireworks, some pain and lots of wild music. But after that... it will be silent... silent for a long while...

I will be sitting on a little stool at the head of a large table, ready for an eternal dinner. Seven dark leather chairs with ferocious faces surround the table. Eight sets of silver cutlery and white porcelain plates lay amongst copious amounts of white tulips on a fresh white tablecloth with white ribbons. There will be sparkling crystal glasses ready to be filled with endless amounts of superb wine. Candles will be burning as Callas and Puccini sit in the corner singing heavenly tunes and I will wait for my guests. I will await my seven muses. I will await the seven most important women in my life to dine eternally in their gathered presence.

All the beauty I discovered and hoped to have in my life will suddenly be there for me eternally.

My muses are the true collection of my life. I collect them as if they are butterflies. Throughout my life, my net flies gracefully through the air as I want to catch them without hurting them. I want to treat them with kindness, caution, and respect. I will never pin a butterfly down to keep her from flying. Therefore, I know I am not able to keep them only for myself. (But when they fly away they magically double so I can take them with me wherever I am.) However important this collection is to me, I know that with my inevitable death I will lose not only my life but also my collection of muses.

At that table, after my death, I will wait patiently until my muses fly back to me, to my table for this eternal treat. I will look forward with excitement and hope that they might choose to be with me again. I will hope that I was able to have given them enough respect, love, laughs and sparkling eyes. I will hope that with time they can forgive my stupidity, disloyalty and little lies. I will hope that I fed them enough flowers and sunshine, poetry and fantasies for them to desire a seat at my festive table. I will enjoy the eternal pleasure of being reunited with my muses. Each muse will find a black leather embroidered chair that is just for her: her solitaire, soft and comfortable, follows the rules of a future contemporary style while conflicting with the rationales of history. Showing the frozen face of a monster, a dragon, seemingly harmless. Only when all seven muses are seated will the party begin. There will never be an end to this orgy of sensibility and passion. We will laugh, we will tease, we will play and we will cry. We will feel connected on the deepest level of our souls. Wine will not give us headaches, sweets will not make us fat, cheese will scent like perfume, for always, for ever...

The greater the excitement of being reunited with my collection of muses the crueler and more painful the moment if not all my seven muses will arrive at my table. One of them could decide to stay away, not to join, one of them could turn her back to me.

In this unfortunate event, this dark occasion, this moment of eternal sorrow, I will understand why I deserve my muses’ disloyalty. The frozen monster in the free leather chair will come alive. It will step onto the table and reveal its fierce claws. It will spit fire while its black leather skin will turn crimson like fire. From the chest of the monster long sharp needles will spring. With one swift move he will pierce all my loyal muses. I will stay alone at my table, the wine will bloat my skull, sweets will make me obese, the stench of the cheese will make me want to cut of my nose, for always, for ever...

But today, I can still serve my muses; I must remember to feed them flowers and sunshine, poetry and fantasies... Eternity might last forever.

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Posted on Friday April 16th 2010 at 10:32 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Xit

    Artoyz meets Wanders

  • marl karx

    holy shit. what the hell is this? so terrible. really. and that description text whatever. man that is emarrassing.

  • DJ


  • yo

    Seems like it hasn t been produced yet (: (luckily)

  • This monster looks very comfortable! Despite the fact that is not my style… Following the photos it seems well designed BRAVO! “Chauffe Marcel, chauffe…”.

    P.S.: “Chauffe Marcel” it’s a French expresion :)

    François Beydoun

  • jack the ripper

    some years ago Marcel could do elegance .clearly he has lost it now .
    a monster it is .who the hell would buy this ?

  • Sander

    I am sorry Marcel, but this chair is Butt-ugly. The story accompanying your design doesn’t make up for its shortcomings.

    Designing a chair requires energy, vision and skills, and not a drunken night behind your computer writing a sentimental fairytale filled with soapopera emotions.

  • I’m beginning to wonder..?

  • yox brox

    The first time I saw Wanders speak I was impressed by his ability to serve “his muses” and express his own aesthetic and belief. But this. This has gone much too far.

  • Your all nuts. The sofa is Beautiful and Elegant. The chair is whimsical and a fun piece. Lighten up folks.

  • @jack: I doubt many people, and I’m thinking more and more that that’s not the point. I don’t understand, though.

  • tanya telford – T

    being female and also in terms of also being aesthetically sensitive and aesthetically and other wise very aware, me (im) not comfortable in any shape or form with this, although other girls & women might disagree with me,

  • msr

    it´s a fucking chair people…relax…

  • mflo


  • Iptihaj

    I think kids would enjoy this!

  • christian

    pehaps he’s a little angry? angry with himself?

  • Japr

    pity no pix were posted. I agree with all possitive comments. why not? not every new design has to be a manifesto for the new world, and wanders has said enough. he is allowed to palyfulness, even if what he always did was playful and joyful, which doubles his right to avoid being expected to say something exessively serious.

  • Capstick

    Hommage to Lady Gaga?

  • designgurunyc

    ok, so not one of Marcel’s better moments. Moving swiftly on….

  • Moe

    this design is not moo(o)i!

  • bertram

    No wonder they were looking for new designers…

  • mil

    Marcel wanders every day is more decadent….

  • Meiselchen

    Really love it!!! Nice chair and a Great Story aswell!!!! Go on, go on, go on

  • Vic

    Wtf? It seems like every comments section has a reference to lady damned gaga in it, seriously she’s a tacky drag queen get over it, she is not cool or cutting edge.

  • time to come up with the ‘design sickness bag’

  • with mr dixon you shared the “designed by…”record this year in milan. please take a break mr wanders. mass over class is not the right attitude within our post consumerist times.