Image: Norman Kelley
Just the thing to fire up your OCD is this reinterpretation of the classic Windsor chair by designer Norman Kelley.  Kelley, who successfully set out to disrupt the notion of “correctness”, was inspired by a vintage photograph of a Windsor chair with a defective spindle and adapted designs from expert craftsman John Kassay’s drawings of 18th and 19th century chairs.

Each of the seven Wrong Chairs is unique and fully-functional.  Elements of the original design including the saddle-shaped seat and pole-lathed, round-tenoned construction remain, but these deconstructed versions have been skewed slightly to create odd new shapes and strange new configurations.  Some chairs appear to have been cut apart and re-assembled backwards or upside-down, with pieces of the chair backs adding to the leg height instead, or uncapped poles rising from the seat like spikes.  Others  have new elements added, like an additional chair seat that serves as an ergonomic desktop.

Wrong Chairs were exhibited at the Volume Gallery in Chicago in November of last year.


Images: Norman Kelley