Spirit House Chair
Daniel Libeskind Thursday 09 Sep 2010

Studio Daniel Libeskind, working with the Nienkämper furniture company, has designed a chair for the newly constructed Spirit House in the Royal Ontario Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

The chair, which is constructed from 14 gauge (.075” thick) stainless steel, weighs 180 pounds, stands 35.5” tall and is 46.5” wide.  The finish is brushed with hand polished seams.  Each Spirit House Chair takes approximately 40 hours to complete and has an engraved signature from Daniel Libeskind on the top.  To date, a total of 21 chairs have been made; 19 will be housed at the ROM.

Essentially a large atrium rising from below ground level to the fourth floor, and containing a number of criss-crossing bridges at various levels, the Spirit House is intended to be a place for visitors to reflect upon the exhibitions they have experienced in one of the gallery spaces before moving on to the next.  

The Spirit House Chair is the first piece of commercial furniture designed by Daniel Libeskind.  The museum gift shops will take orders for the chair, which is priced at $12,000.

"As with virtually all of my designs, the creation of the Spirit House Chair was influenced by its surroundings.  In this case, the new Lee-Chin Crystal’s exterior and the interlocking, self-supporting structures, which are reminiscent of crystals.  The intersection of two of these crystals creates a void at the heart of the building - the Spirit House.  The Spirit House is a place to reflect and to experience; I am hopeful that the Spirit House Chair will evoke similarly thoughtful emotions."
Daniel Libeskind

designer biog

Daniel Libeskind

Architect Daniel Libeskind, known for his dynamic, fractured compositions, is also recognised for introducing a new critical discourse to architecture. In an enormous variety of projects around the world - major cultural institutions, convention centers, universities, hotels, commercial centers, and residential work - he has manifested his commitment to expanding the horizons of architecture and urbanism. Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind is the first comprehensive portrait of the work of Studio Daniel Libeskind, which was established in Berlin in 1989 and moved to New York in 2003 after winning the World Trade Center design competition.