Monster Chair – Marcel Wanders’ guest

Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders

He made many patterns forming words, but he never
could find out the right way to place them for one
particular word, a word he was anxious to make.
It was “Eternity”.
(“The Snow Queen”)

Each of us has own – inner silence which strives to be heard by the whole world. And each of us has own “guest”, who is quite often left forgotten. We often forget about someone “another”. But do we always have the courage – to open our eyes? Because similarly to that distorted mirror scattered all over the world – this guest will pull faces, he will show grimaces. Isn’t this is about the biggest human fear – “what if it was not enough?” What – if I’ve not enough done something? What – if I was not enough in my own life? It is about a special inner dispute – about search of some inner sense of life. It is about a scary moment when a horrific “guest” appears. And he can be revealed in so various forms. This infernal fear can be very exquisite, or even elegant – revealed in art touched by muses. Or it can be sarcastic and timid or even poetical at the same time.
Human is too boundless for any logical determinations, as for some space of sequential coordinates. Human cannot exist in a constant or fixed being. Human needs some going beyond of any here-again-being. There are so many attempts to explain, to reveal, visualize or unlock – this searching of the inner “content” of human. Books, paintings, music – any kinds of art personified this inner conflict in various forms. Creativity. In any case, it is about a complicated inner dialogue. So, how looks the dialogue with someone’s own inner “guest”?

Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders
Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders (designed 2010, produced by Moooi)

Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders shows us a mysterious monster, revealing some new dimension of design, which could be defined as “existential design”. Monster Chair visualizes some inner grimace which could scare all seductive muses which are similar to subtle butterflies. And nobody was able to keep them only for yourself. A mysterious duality of the inside world – fragile muses near which the silence continues as much as you wants; near them will be “some pain and lots of wild music” in minds. Near these muses one can cry and tease tasting the best wine. From the other side – there is a seemingly “harmless”, even innocent – monster which scares all muses. And you’ll stay alone with this infernal guest and his “frozen face”. The ineffable dichotomy of being, which goes on in hard dialogue with your fear – what if it wasn’t enough? What if I’ve not given them enough “love, laughs and sparkling eyes”, and “little lies”? Flowers? Fantasy? Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders – is the chair which comes alive. It is about – when one of your muses turns her back to you. It is about the only question – which needs the answer: what if I wasn’t enough? An elegant form of the inner silence, timid image of the inside solitude, the infernal grimace revealed when you have enough courage to open your eyes to look at one of the distorted mirror fragments which could be inside of everyone. And this mirror – “the bigger they flew, the more it grinned”. It is about the “moment of eternal sorrow” – when eternity might last forever

Monster Chair Divina Melange by Marcel Wanders
Monster Chair Divina Melange by Marcel Wanders (New Collection Presentation during Salone del Mobile 2015; art photography by Rahi Rezvani, photographer: Peer Lindgreen)
Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders
Monster Chair by Marcel Wanders, The Raimond lamp by Raimond Puts and Chess Table by Front (presented in Moooi Collections)

Author: Marina Schultz

Source of photos: Marcel Wanders , Moooi


  • Marcel Wanders. Monster Chair.
  • The Snow Queen // STORIES from HANS ANDERSEN with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. – HODDER & STOUGHTON. New York & London. – Printed in 1911. – Seventh Story. What happened in the Snow Queen Palace and afterwards. – p. 67.
  • The Snow Queen // STORIES from HANS ANDERSEN with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. – HODDER & STOUGHTON. New York & London. – Printed in 1911. – First Story. Which deals with a mirror and its fragments. – p.1.