ZYXT ChairZyxt is listed as the last word in the online Oxford English Dictionary, an obsolete Kentish word that is the second singular indicative present form of the verb see.
The original concept for the chair came after an investigation into the possibility of creating a piece of furniture that could be more than what it seemed at first glance and also incorporate different meanings. This lead to an investigation of a number of artists working within the genre of op -art such as Bridget Riley, M. C Escher, Victor Vasarely and most specifically Markus Raetz. The sculptural work of Raetz and his technique of merging two forms into one seemed like an interesting process and something that had potential to be incorporated into a piece of furniture.
After experimenting with a number of different combinations of form combinations ( :), :(, X,O, chair/not chair etc.) I found that the forms that were the most useful for the construction of a chair needed to be simple and structural (ie. minimum amount of curves/no floating objects and the ability to support a person). The final concept attempts to reconcile the limitations of the chair form, the process of the optical illusion and the idea of multiple co-existing meanings.