The Myrkr Chair was designed and built by Christopher Warren for WORD (Warren Office for Research and Design) for a gallery exhibition called “The Page”, in which a reading area of various chairs and tables was needed to examine artists’ books. The exhibition is in the Guggenheim Gallery of Chapman University in Orange, California and runs through March 12th.
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efficiency and the utilization of technology; however, the common contemporary desires for thinness and gloss have been replaced by volume and subtlety.
Modern fabrication techniques have been combined with traditional assembly methods for this chair. It has no metal connections, but instead 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. According to the designer, Myrkr is light, very comfortable, and surprisingly stable.
Laser Cutting: Serra Laser
Dyeing: Motohisa Arai
Photography: Christopher Warren, Mark Bittoni, Andrew Liang