The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour


The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

This wooden chair by Berlin designer Jerszy Seymour is held together with blobs of wax. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

Called The Workshop Chair, the piece is a product of Seymour's conceptual series of work entitled Amateur.

The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

Seymour creates environments and events such as dinners using wax as a metaphor for ubiquitous creative ability.

The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

The Workshop Chair is made of wooden batons joined with polycaprolactone wax.

The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

More about Jerszy Seymour on Dezeen: Scum Light (March 2007)

The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

Here's some more information from Seymour:

The Workshop Chair is a result of a series of exhibitions by Jerszy Seymour that explore the possibility of an 'Amateur' society (meaning lover, appassionato from the latin root) using a wax both as a construction material and as a metaphor for the creative energy in all people, the exhibitions created functional situations as a platform to discuss the possibility of utopia.

The Workshop Chair by Jerszy Seymour

The first exhibition, the 'First Supper' at the MAK in Vienna 2008, invited people to a dinner where the kitchen first produced the wax furniture and then the food, a non hierachical situation to discuss utopia using cooking as a practical metaphor for production and consumption and the possibility of the amateur. This was followed by 'Salon des Amateurs' at the MARTA Herford 2009, a reference to 'salon des refuses' the place for the non official art in 19th century paris, it was the meeting place for the 'Amateur' to consider what could be an 'Amateur Society'. A giant wall diagram presented the possibilties of the amateur, whilst a big wax volcanic pool with water at 33degrees celsius as a metaphor for primordial birth offering a place for vistors to sit, float and think. Finally the 'Coalition of Amateurs' at the MUDAM in Luxembourg was an exhibition as a workshop both physically and mentally offering vistors and invited artists and designers to use the wax to connect and make their own constructions and to comment, critique, change or deny the discussion of the amateur. A non utopian way of discussing utopia.

The Amateur up until this point was an artificial project that had existed in museums, a kind of no place that made it possible to look at other more constructive functionings of society by artificially cutting out the limitation of late capatalism.

The Workshop Chair designed by Jerszy Seymour, comes out as a reality from this process, a very strong chair that is made from a few pieces of wood, some wax and a joyful production technique and affordable to make even using hands from a western economy with very little investment. The Workshop Chair offers itself for everybody to use and brings itself into the current economy with the intention to help create the new.

The Workshop Chair is made from wood and polycapralactone wax, it is fully repairable and 100% biodegradable and passes the top level structure tests for contract furniture (catas level 5).

Wax Colours available; red, brown, grey.

See also:


Scum Light
by Jerszy Seymour
Unhidden by
Leon Li and Ryan Ran
furniture stories

Posted on Wednesday June 23rd 2010 at 11:34 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • What’s the manufacturers guarantee on these?

  • As the hotest heat-wave in a century hit London, hundreds of people sustained broken tail bones, shattered wrists and cracked hip bones and the tables and chairs they worked on fell apart.

  • tanya telford – T

    interesting project raising some points about creativity and things. Chair doesn’t look that comfortable but am intrigued know if a company executive would be willing to furnish an office with something like this. Could be fun but also a small development extension of personalising desk space in the right type of company (maybe). Not sure how it would work but might be something good to try,

  • oh no!

    I remember some of the chairs at my school (a long time ago!) looking like this as they had been abused with chewing gum!

  • antonius


  • tanya telford – T

    @ “The Fake Sartorialist” – true as above the structural strength does look a little ?able,

  • Stephen

    Bravo Jersey! Love the progression of ideas, the notion of ‘amateur design’ challenging ‘professional design’ and the naive production of radical masterpieces!! I want one!!!

  • antepostnow

    saw this piece at an italian collectors house the other day. certainly more than meets the eye. i believe the waldburgs first showcased it during salone this year. solid design – well done.

  • f. stachio

    you guys are a bunch of drips! these are sweet and you won’t find ’em in that industrial design textbook from the 50’s you’ve still got your nose buried in!

  • Zaedrus

    Reminds me of a design school project my glass presented outside on a nice sunny day. The poor students who built models with hot glue had rather droopy gooey lumps to show the jury.

  • nico

    @ “The Fake Sartorialist” – my thoughts EXACTLY. I was going to comment the same thing haha

  • reverse commuter

    raw. fresh. useable. good work. great photos

  • it is nice, but is it strong enough ?
    doesn’t it rocks too much ?
    it would be nice to see some images where jerszy is sitting in it.

  • Xit

    The point here is anti-consumerism, which Jerszy rightly addresses / design saturation, the chair design here is irrelevant.

    The gesture of making your own furniture with inexpensive materials is ‘the point’ & challenges our present capitalist business model.

    Hammers a loft !

  • Rag

    “joined with polycaprolactone wax” – it’s an investment casting wax folks. It won’t melt in the sun. Do your research before commenting, it simply makes you look abusive / jelalous.

  • Interesting use and discussion on the incorporation of PCL wax into a contract piece. What is the actual longevity of the product and how does that play into an actual sustainable discourse? Very pleasing chair form.

  • cydewayz

    Can’t hold a candle to this.

  • zafar

    what is this ((: ohh sorry dezeen yeeehh cool i like it

  • arthurtriche

    Does anyone know where to buy this kind of wax?