IKEA’s Ivar is surely Europe’s best selling wooden chair. There are millions of Ivars and they are all the same; identical and banal. But one of them is different and has an unusual story. Rocket Chair has patina, has burnt itself,was injured. This is obvious, but how it happened remains hidden.The charred surface directs to the matured structure of the wood and turns the chair into something special and unique. A process of sealing gives back the chair its original function whilst keeping its true story for itself and thus it becomes a focus for fantasies, fears and longings.
rocket chair / 2003
jan ott, markus schmid, marcus gruber
surface burned and varnished commercial ikea chair