Absolutely Basic Chair

Sometimes design gets so breathtakingly simple, it really makes no sense to mention it at all, as it’s seamlessly integrated into the everyday lives of us everyday people. Sometimes, however, items are so simple beyond the call of duty, further than they’d ever reasonably have to go, they’ve just gotta have a few words published about them. Enter “Chair?” by designer M Scherpenisse.

It’s made of some unbendable material, attaches to the ceiling with another extra dose of magic, and has no frills! No frills at all I say! But see here: Maarten Scherpenisse created this chair as a question, rather than an answer. He asks the design community the following, as a student of our modern design world:

Is there any more basic chair than this?

Designer: Maarten Scherpenisse

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28 Comments

  • ZGiSH says:

    turn it upside down and plant it into the floor

    *bam* more simple.

    • Esmond says:

      So true O_O

      Is it me or are the renders grainy?

    • Lin says:

      but i think having it up in the ceiling makes it more unique….and its umm more cozy cause if its upside down your back will give you a feeling of being exposed…. i like it a lot…but thats just my opinion

  • it won’t hold, it won’t. As ZGiSH said it’s more simple to put it on the floor. Maarten Scherpenisse is missing simplicity of the chair. Not everyone have drill to attach it to the top (also I am not talking about ladder, because you definitely need one, and some people use instead of it classic stupid CHAIR!)

  • Armin says:

    heres more simple: attach it to the wall. 1 surface less 😉

    Esmond: yeah, he didn’t let it raytrace properly.

  • p says:

    haha! interesting exploration. man, you’d have to be REALLY sure you want your chair in that one spot though, cause it’s not going anywhere fast (unless you have termites).

  • sk says:

    that is not really here on this page

  • Ankur Jalota says:

    How about just a cylinder stool?

  • gio says:

    why try to avoid gravity while it can work perfectly in your advantage???

  • Not all surfaces/objects we sit on are called chairs. This is not a chair.

  • xxblahxx says:

    how about just sitting on the floor? 😀

  • Adam says:

    There is no such thing as an “unbendable” material. I suspect this is poor journalism than poor design.

    The authors on this blog should show the designers more respect.

    • Chris Burns says:

      I suggest the reader, Adam, take a look at the entire blog before he judges the author’s respect for the designer. Yanko Design is a rare online publication in that it speaks directly with the designers 95% of the time when it publishes their work. In this case, Scherpenisse came to us with more of a question than a concept, asking if we could ask, through his work, what the simplest chair could be.

      Form Beyond Function.

      The reader Adam should show more integrity (as a design journalism critic?) and understand that liberties are taken when obviousness is in play. The author understands what level of reader he’s dealing with: Intelligent Designer, and therefor uses such words as “magic” when the reader should know better.

      That said, thanks for showing concern for Scherpenisse, he’s a really cool guy and a great designer.

  • Plaslog says:

    It’s cool,but not a good design

  • nick says:

    Not at all basic by any means; first imagine the hidden support needed to install this safely/properly…

    • Gordon says:

      … and therefore it ist NOT a chair (“what the simplest chair could be” – lol)

  • AlienzExist says:

    Breathtaking? Hardly. And simple? A chair that attaches to the ceiling? This is not simple. And I doubt it would even work. The design ( if you want to call it that) is simple, yes. But the execution of this “simple” idea is so vague that it can only be a concept, and is basically still an idea.

  • Derek says:

    I’m not one to really lay into a design, but this has got to be a joke. The stress on that piece (even if they could find a proper way to mount it to the ceiling) would be ridiculous. Even if it was pure carbon fiber it would flex in the vertical portion, causing the seat to sag forward and whoever was sitting on it to slide off. Maybe that was the idea! A chair that unseats you!

    I can say something nice though – the design is so mind-numbingly simple that surely no real time in thought, modeling or rendering was lost. Anyone could do the same in under five minutes.

  • R says:

    Please, give up your idea of becoming a designer… The world dosn’t need more useless junk like this – its not design, its not simple, its not fantastic its just plain stupid! Design should have a purpose – and this clearly has none!

  • Jesse Hansen says:

    I don’ get how it attaches to the cieling

  • Edgar says:

    Nothing special imho

  • linus says:

    i guess this dude was high on smoke when he came up with this…

  • ac says:

    Correct: absolute P.O.S.

  • ilk says:

    I like this concept. Sure there is no unbendable material, but most materials are practically unbendable by human weight when used properly. And I do not understand why people say that the renders are grainy. Yes they are grainy and beautiful. Do they even have to be shiny and realistic?
    About simplest chair, I think there can be various simplest chairs with respect to in which way they are simple. One can be simple in form (like this one) or production or mathematically simple or by use of minimal materials etc.

  • ilk says:

    I like this concept. Sure there is no unbendable material, but most materials are practically unbendable by human weight when used properly. And I do not understand why people say that the renders are grainy. Yes they are grainy and beautiful. Do they even have to be shiny and realistic?
    About simplest chair, I think there can be various simplest chairs with respect to in which way they are simple. One can be simple in form (like this one) or production or mathematically simple or by use of minimal materials etc.

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