Sparkling Chair by Marcel Wanders for Magis


Milan 2010: at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile this week Dutch designer Marcel Wanders presents a chair made by the same blow-moulding technique used to manufacture water bottles.

Called Sparkling chair, the product is made of transparent plastic for Italian manufacturers Magis.

After the moulding process, the hollow spaces are filled with high pressure air to strengthen the design.

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The following information is from the designer:


It has been prophesized, “Mankind will find its future floating on the breath of little children.” They will blow air into the world like the world breathes life into the living. They will celebrate their birthdays with insatiable only children can. They will fill their lungs with the most precious of all elements, air, and instead of blowing out their candles, they will exhale with mechanical force filling a form with their breath – freezing it in weightlessness.
One day we will be able to understand and use all powers this planet gives to us. We will understand what the true nature of nature is. We will find the beauty in the seemingly contradictory nature of the elements. We will see the softness of iron, the lightness of stone, the power and strength of air.
I give you Sparkling as a name, not to make a reference to sparkling waters, nor sparkling sunrays on your skin, I name you Sparkling because inside you there is a little star, a little large light, a glow in the dark, a direction and a destination, for us to follow.

Product Information
The Sparkling Chair is made out of PET and produced using the same blow molding technique commonly used for bottles of water. After blow molding the legs and seat, the hollow space is filled with high pressure air which creates very strong and structural components.
With this technique the plastic usage is minimal and the total weight of the chair is only around 1kg. Finally the legs are screwed onto the shell. It’s as easy as drinking a glass of water.

ITEM: Magis Sparkling
COLOUR: Transparent Green
Designer & Year of Design: Marcel Wanders, 2010
Manufacturer/Producer: Magis
WIDTH: 42.3 cm
HEIGHT: 77.6 cm
DEPTH: 49.0 cm

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Posted on Sunday April 18th 2010 at 5:03 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Rikard

    I like the chair, but WTF is with the bizarre statement? Does anyone else want to see what the “softness of iron, the lightness of stone” do to the skull of the douche who wrote that?

  • Mook

    Man, the descriptive text he is using just gets more cringe worthy. After the Monsters chairs i thought it couldn’t get much worse, but this is just silly now.

  • Vincent#1

    I disliked the design, I only read it because it was a Marce Wanders design.
    But when I read about the production process and about the fact it keeps on standing because of high pressure air it gained my attention.

    Now i htink it rather nice, but I’m still more fond of more ellegance.

  • modular

    Probably the worst object by Wanders of the last 10 years.

  • We need photos of a regular, average person sitting on the chair

  • Anton

    Whether you like the design or not, it’s a great piece demonstrating the manufacturing technology. Gas filled injection moulded parts are quite common but the quality of finish on this blow moulded one looks pretty slick.

  • PC

    Mankind will find it’s future floating on mountains of plastic bottles and there will be no children left to breathe the polluted air from all those oil-based plastic factories. 16,000 children stop breathing every day while the world produces 200 billion plastic water bottles every year. Do we really need another plastic chair to remind us of those facts?
    Marcel, your statement is a drivel and your product is unsustainable, unnecessary and quite frankly ugly.

  • Xit

    Nice technique & references, sadly a nasty design, those legs with the bottle details are very tacky.

  • Interesting production process! Not sure that weight of only 1kg is good thing.. I would like to know the thickness of PET

  • Pony the Trap

    The following information should have been written by the designer:

    I made another chair. Out of plastic.
    As I didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that it is just another chair made from a diminishing material, our PR took some Ketamine and wrote some codswallop.

  • davide

    i like the chair and i liked the presentation they set up in via Savona even more. Dezeen people you should add some pics of it, it’s worth

  • Bassie

    It looks like a blub on dildo’s!

  • Prof Z.

    Davide and Alex are right , you need more pics and technical details to show the Marcel’s (patented ?)genius and the evolution of his territory of design between parents table and monster chairs for Moooi and sparking pet chair for Magis….

  • Rotten

    Davide is right! The chair showed in Savona was more bottle-like, less clear and flashy with a water label sticked on it. Also like what I saw much better than these images!

  • Anyone have the inside track on the wall thicknesses on that thing?

    Usually you see blow molded stuff pretty thin, but that’s gotta have some structure to it (even with the compressed air)

  • Exxtremitie

    It is truly baffling why this product would be made of PET and not recycled PET! If it is recycled, we want to know that!

  • Xin

    So, no one noticed these are renderings. The finishing on the actual chair is like matte…

  • bee bee

    this chair would satisfy 5 people in one sitting