Illusion Chair by Gabriel Särkijärvi

Made of birch wood and jute webbing, this simple chair actually has an artistic detail: an illusion of the designers face created out of the slatted backrest.


Having always been fascinated by illusions, Swedish designer Gabriel Särkijärvi thought it would be unique to create a chair that incorporated an illusion. Using a raster technique, MDF boards were cut into templates by a laser cutter and those were then used to mill out the final rasters in birch.

The chair is haunting, which was also the goal of the designer; he wanted to create a personal artifact that could become a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. It could be a kind of remembrance of ancestors past… a beautiful and functional homage. His personal goal in creating one with his own face was to create something that a child could sit in, almost as if he is sitting in his fathers lap all the time.






Gabriel can be reached at [email protected].

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.