The Golden Section Chair by James Wilkins

Photographer turned designer James Wilkins is responsible for the one of the finest pieces of furniture we’ve seen for a long time – The Golden Section Chair. Something needs to dethrone the popular Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair from the corner of wealthy peoples bedrooms and this my friends might just be the piece to do it.

Elegant and masculine, modern and timeless, The Golden Section Chair embodies the revered concept of the Divine Proportion or the ‘Golden Ratio‘. The Golden Section or Ratio is is a ratio or proportion defined by the number Phi (= 1.618033988749895… ) It can be derived with a number of geometric constructions, each of which divides a line segment at the unique point where:

A is to B as B is to C.

This occurs only where A is 1.618 … times B and B is 1.618 … times C.

Perhaps it was a little arrogant of Wilkins to name his chair after the sacred geometric concept it was based off but we think the result is worthy of such a name.


Art Objectified describe it below:

The Ancient Greek theory of balance, nature, and harmony of relationships has been applied to create historical masterworks such as The Parthenon, The Taj Mahal and the Mona Lisa to name just a few. Additionally, architects of the modern era, such as Le Corbusier, have devoutly utilised the Golden Section to design many of the most iconic pieces of furniture in history.

The chair simultaneously expresses the intellectual gracefulness of Euclidian geometry, the modern, poetic minimalism of Mies Van Der Rohe and the wry wit and complex observations of Andy Warhol. The boldly scaled emblematic piece positions the sitter slightly back from center within the framework of the divine proportions and creates a realm of personal space in addition to visually punctuating its sculptural poetry.

The Golden Section chair is offered in a softly luminous brushed brass (gold) US$4600, gleaming brushed nickel (silver) US$4200, or in solid teak US$2900. For those that want to really step it up the chair can be purchased in 24 carat gold plate for US$95,000 with all proceeds of the sale donated to global charities.




James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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