The Ginkgo: A Floor and Meditation Seat


If you practice any kind of meditation, chances are you have your favorite spot to settle into – for me, a 2x a day meditator, I have a spot that’s part of my routine. Ariel Lynne was partaking in a workshop in Copenhagen when she decided to design a meditation seat for her home in Chicago that would allow her to incorporate meditation more often. The result is The Ginkgo.


The sculptural chair’s design began after a bike ride to a park in Copenhagen with a sandy area that formed impressions when she sat down. That planted the start of her immersion into Scandinavian design, with inspiration coming from Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair, as well as the works of Verner Panton and Bjørn Nørgaard.


The process began by milling and planing raw lumber – 18 different profiles to be exact. After rigorous sanding and sculpting, The Ginkgo’s curvy silhouette was born with a built-in handle for easy movement.



Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.