experiment & play with versatile spyndi chair by mindaugas zilionis experiment & play with versatile spyndi chair by mindaugas zilionis
jun 11, 2016

experiment & play with versatile spyndi chair by mindaugas zilionis

experiment & play with versatile spyndi chair by mindaugas zilionis
all images courtesy of spyndi




‘spyndi’, by lithuanian furniture designer mindaugas zilionis, is a handmade chair composed of 60 loose sections combinable in countless variations. based on the human spine, as alluded to in title, the unconventional furnishing can be transformed into almost any configuration. armchair, chaise lounge, rocker, partition, stool, side table, sports equipment, and countless other possibilities, are achievable using nothing more than the basic elements and a bit of imagination.

‘spyndi’ variations




the design’s secret lies within its laborious construction. 1,260 birch plywood pieces compose each chair, all individually oil-coated and combined into long or short sections. the incredible strength of all parts translates into the overall form, which like the spine, is solid without forsaking flexibility.

seat and footrest 




building ‘spyndi’ into a unique composition requires little more than a bit of planning and the time it takes to accomplish. each element has an A and B side that when laid in succession or alternated creates different shapes. for example, a curved line is made by A+A+A or B+B+B, a straight line by A+B+A, and any other shape by a combination of both. once placed, a locking mechanism (hex key) is turned to inhibit movement.

spyndi chair mindaugas zilionis
whether side-table or seat, each section is capable of use indoors or out




confident in ‘spyndi’, zilionis has launched a kickstarter campaign to increase production capability. though quickly-disappearing, interested parties can still snatch up the versatile piece at early-bird pricing. ‘spyndi’ comes with a lifetime warranty, and each purchase is matched with a planted pine tree. for more information, or to support the project, view ‘spyndi’ here


video courtesy of spyndi

kickstarter supporters will receive special edition copper-coated metal endings

possible design configuration

spyndi chair mindaugas zilionis
resembling the human spine, ‘spyndi’ can be adjusted to any individual and bear any weight

spyndi chair mindaugas zilionis
construction in progress

base kit: 60 loose birch plywood elements 

‘spyndi’ indoors 

the unique design has developed consistently over nearly a decade 

spyndi chair mindaugas zilionis
‘spyndi’ designed by mindaugas zilionis



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