Light Chair by Janez Suhadolc


A reader pointed me to a page of a site in a language I couldn’t read let it be understand: Take the url to the Google Translator Page and you get some English out of it, but then search on Janez Suhadolc and you get an English page on the same site.

It became note worthy: The Chair you see here is the Light Chair by Janez Suhadolc. You can lift it with one finger, but the chair is able to bear the full weight of a person to sit on.

Janez Suhadolc appears to be a chair aficionado who not only constructs chairs, but also depicts them or combines them with pictures or posters or paintings of chairs.

The site is about a Slovenian Gallery “The Gallery of Fine Arts Slovenj Gradec”

The page describes an exhibition there of 2006 where Suhadolc exhibited chairs in a certain perspective.


‘It makes me feel good to be able to take a rejected piece of material and create a masterpiece with it, and one that is worth something. To me it seems as if a phoenix would rise out of the ashes.’

Janez Suhadolc

Janez Suhadolc, architect and graphic designer, Full Professor of freehand drawing at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, was born in 1942 in Ljubljana. He was not the only one in the Suhadolc family to have inherited the creative zeal from their father Anton Suhadolc, construction engineer and Jože Ple?nik’s co-worker. Janez’ older brother Matija Suhadolc also devoted his life to architecture, while woodcraft is present in the art of both the youngest as well as the oldest brother Anton Suhadolc, a professor of mathematics and a proud owner of an extensive art collection of wooden balls made from different kinds of wood.

Another note worthy detail is that Janez Suhadolc is generally known as the “Carpenter of the Pope” because when Pope John Paul II visited Slovenia in 1996 and in 1999, he each time created a papal chair for the occasion.

Well, now I have discovered this chair designer, I will try to show you more chairs of him in the future.

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3 thoughts on “Light Chair by Janez Suhadolc”

  1. I like the idea of the chair, but more so I like the photo, it represents the simplicity of the chair while the light globe adds a subtle arty feel to the overall image. For a simple chair photo it is pretty interesting.

  2. (Really groovin on chairblog of late – keep it up!)
    Yea – really interesting photo about a thought provoking object. I sense a emerging theme around utilitarian art objects which minimizing environmental impact. See it in a lot of areas these days.

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