Chemistry Experiment Grows A Chair From Mineral Crystals [Pics]

Chemistry Experiment Grows A Chair From Mineral Crystals [Pics]

Spider's Thread chair draws on an old Japanese tale that represents hope and fragility.

Ross Brooks
  • 11 october 2013

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created the “Spider’s Thread” chair using mineral crystals and tiny threads to form the body of the furniture. It only took seven filaments sitting in a pool of mineral solution for the shape of the chair to take shape as the crystals slowly worked their way upwards.

To demonstrate the crystal’s progression, there are three chairs at varying stages of growth, which give a clear picture of how the furniture takes shape. Talking with Dezeen, Yoshioka notes how the project draws on a traditional story by Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa, in which the thread of a spider represents hope and fragility:

The Buddha takes a thread of a spider in Heaven and lowers it down to Hell so that the criminal can climb up from Hell to Paradise.


Forming part of a solo exhibition called “Tokujin Yoshioka_Crystallize” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the crystalline chair will be available to view until 19th January next year. It’s also worth noting that “Spider’s Thread” is similar in nature to an earlier project from Yoshioka called the “Venus Chair,” which involved chairs forming from crystals on a sponge-like substrate.

Tokujin Yoshioka


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