The Myrkr Chair by Christopher Warren

February 2, 2010

American designer, Christopher Warren, has created the Myrkr chair for a gallery exhibition in which a reading area of various chairs and tables was needed to examine artists’ books.


Description from Christopher Warren:

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efficiency and the utilization of technology; however, the common contemporary desires for thinness and gloss have been replaced by volume and subtlety.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’ichir? 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.

The gallery exhibition called “The Page” is at the Guggenheim Gallery of Chapman University in Orange, California; and runs through the beginning of March.

Photography by Christopher Warren, Andrew Liang and Mark Bittoni.

Visit the WORD (Warren Office for Research and Design) website – here.