Z-Hop coffee table (Aged and stained fir with custom cut glass top, 46.5cm height x 43.3cm length x 32cm depth, Dirk Marwig 2009)

Z-Hop coffee table (Aged and stained fir with custom cut glass top, 46.5cm height x 43.3cm length x 32cm depth, Dirk Marwig 2009)

I wonder why I never took a photo of this very cool coffee table. Unfortunately there are many, many pieces of mine that have no documentation at all because I was too lazy to take the photos. I always thought “someone else” would take the photo eventually! How stupid. I photographed the “Z-Hop” today (8 years later) with the new Bloodwood Bracelet on top for size reference.

     
New Tall Light Object (Plywood construction with cable ties, LED’s and high pigment lacquer, 274cm x 27cm x 26.4cm,  Dirk Marwig 2016)

New Tall Light Object (Plywood construction with cable ties, LED’s and high pigment lacquer, 274cm x 27cm x 26.4cm, Dirk Marwig 2016)

This new plywood light object is only held together with the help of many cable ties from the inside and out. No glue or screws were used. Despite the height (274 cm or 9 feet) and because of it’s architecture this light object is lightweight while being straight and solid (does not lean or wobble). It was photographed December 18th 2016 in my living room in West Vancouver, Canada with a few other pieces of mine.

     
Bench (Reclaimed fir with construction plywood and coloured plywood inlay, oil stain and wax, 43.3cm high, 136.5cm long, 52cm deep, Dirk Marwig 2016)

Bench (Reclaimed fir with construction plywood and coloured plywood inlay, oil stain and wax, 43.3cm high, 136.5cm long, 52cm deep, Dirk Marwig 2016)

Ever since I’ve stopped smoking I’ve been making more ‘practical’ or ‘useful’ things than ever before within a short time-span (chairs, lamps and now out of all things a “bench”)
-I don’t know if this is good (it certainly is boring) but I’ll just play this one out, work with ‘this moment in time’ and hope it will pass soon!
I photographed ‘it’ with a pair of runners to show the size of the bench (also to highlight the 3 stripes!)

     
Anisotropic (Plywood and plexiglass construction with LED lights, cable ties and remote ctrl., 182.5cm x 49cm x 4cm (base: 36cm x 41cm) Dirk Marwig 2016)

Anisotropic (Plywood and plexiglass construction with LED lights, cable ties and remote ctrl., 182.5cm x 49cm x 4cm (base: 36cm x 41cm) Dirk Marwig 2016)

Anisotropy is the property of being directionally dependent. An example of anisotropy is the light coming through a polarizer. Another is wood, which is easier to split along its grain than against it. In physics cosmic anisotropy has been seen in the alignment of galaxies’ rotation axes and polarisation angles of quasars. Physicists use the term anisotropy to describe direction-dependent properties of materials. For example: Wood is a naturally anisotropic material. Its properties vary widely when measured with or against the growth grain. For example, wood’s strength and hardness is different for the same sample measured in different orientations.

     
LAMP Dirk Marwig 2015 (Plywood, plexiglass and cable tie construction with LED lights and dimmer, 69cm x 31cm x 17cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

LAMP Dirk Marwig 2015 (Plywood, plexiglass and cable tie construction with LED lights and dimmer, 69cm x 31cm x 17cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

I’m in the “making something useful for the house” mode and so after making 3 chairs I now finished a “lamp”. I only used plywood and plexiglass rest cuts that were in my studio.

     
ZAP-GAP CHAIR -Various Angles- (Plywood with plexi-glass inlay and cable ties, 98.5cm x 63.5cm x 41cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

ZAP-GAP CHAIR -Various Angles- (Plywood with plexi-glass inlay and cable ties, 98.5cm x 63.5cm x 41cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

Various angles of my GAP-ZAP chair.

     
ZAP-GAP CHAIR (Plywood with plexi-glass inlay and cable ties, 98.5cm x 63.5cm x 41cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

ZAP-GAP CHAIR (Plywood with plexi-glass inlay and cable ties, 98.5cm x 63.5cm x 41cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

A key MOMENT in ART or “DESIGN”! -The “ZAP-GAP” CHAIR is the only chair in the world EVER with this design and construction. You might not like it, but “IT” certainly is special(in a good way, of course!). My 4th “Gap”Chair this time not held together with glue but only with the help of Cable ties(Zap-straps) hence: “ZAP-GAP”. Super solid, comfortable and cool. Of all chairs that have ever been made/designed/constructed throughout art and design history(I have to say this again!), this one definitely stands out because of the ‘gap’ between backrest and seat, the five main components being connected only with cable ties to form a very strong bond and the combination of materials applied(plywood, plexiglass and nylon). I nearly went mad making it because each cut, groove, hole, length and angle had to be just “perfect”. But time is irrelevant anyway – the only thing that matters is the result. How it “came into being” might be entertaining, but that’s about all.

     
ZAP-GAP CHAIR by Dirk Marwig (Plywood and Cable Tie Chair with plexi-glass inlay, deconstructed preview Nov. 28th 2015)

ZAP-GAP CHAIR by Dirk Marwig (Plywood and Cable Tie Chair with plexi-glass inlay, deconstructed preview Nov. 28th 2015)

I usually do not make furniture but this was a kind of test for me. In this preview pic you can see the deconstructed version of my new “ZAP-GAP”chair held together only with the help of 48 cable ties. Rock solid to sit on and comfortable(This was my 3rd and final attempt!) -The components slide into each other perfectly – the cable ties are the substitute for the “glue”, meaning: “keeping the chair together”. With this experiment I wanted to know if it is really possible to make my “GAP CHAIR”(It has a Gap) only with the help of cable ties, hence “ZAP-GAP”. -Yes, it works. Now I just have to sand and ‘treat’ the plywood and and after that connect all components(again!), then photograph it.

     
Dirk Marwig “GAP CHAIR” 2015 (High density plywood, wood glue and wood oil, 92.5cm x 42.8cm x 59cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

Dirk Marwig “GAP CHAIR” 2015 (High density plywood, wood glue and wood oil, 92.5cm x 42.8cm x 59cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

This is my third “GAP CHAIR”. With an extremely simple,solid construction and ergonomically perfected this new version is relatively easy to be reproduced(that’s why this design has a ‘Patent Pending’ on it). My designs have been copied/exploited numerous times without giving me credit so this time I figured “better safe than sorry”. This plywood version is very comfortable and despite the “GAP”: the thing doesn’t budge! Substantial architecture. If you flip it over to the front side, the chair becomes a coffee table and if you flip it ‘sideways’ and put a ‘glass slab’ on it , the chair turns into a ‘living-room’ table because the outside edges are ‘planed’ (flat/level). The “GAP” Chair has it all!
Specs: Height: 92.5cm, Width: 42.8cm, Depth: 59cm Seat height:46.8cm, Seat depth: 43.4cm, Seat width: 42.8cm Backrest height: 48cm Weight: 18.4kg or 40.2 lbs

     
Ski-tvelt Chair (Old skis with hardwood, dimensions similar to my other “Rietvelt” chair versions, Dirk Marwig 1997)

Ski-tvelt Chair (Old skis with hardwood, dimensions similar to my other “Rietvelt” chair versions, Dirk Marwig 1997)

This “Rietvelt Zig Zag Chair” version was made from old skis that a neighbour in Madrid gave to me. My gallery was the ‘Nikolaus Fischer’ Gallery so the ski chair with the “Fischer”skis made sense! You could actually sit on it. Fun Stuff.

     
Rietvelt Zig Zag Chair Dirk Marwig Version No.7 (High density plywood, maple, wood glue and wood oil, 90cmcm x 43.5cm x 59.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

Rietvelt Zig Zag Chair Dirk Marwig Version No.7 (High density plywood, maple, wood glue and wood oil, 90cmcm x 43.5cm x 59.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)

This is the 7th ‘Rietvelt Zig-Zag chair’ that I’ve made. Since all my other versions are scattered about in Spain and there isn’t a single one in my house, I decided to take the time and make one for my girl-friend. This version is made out of high density plywood with a maple and plywood inside structure which is nearly impossible to break. This very clear and seemingly simple version is also extremely comfortable because it has the perfect human dimensions. Also it weighs 14kg or 30.6 lbs which gives it that super ‘solid feel’. No dowels or biscuit joiners were used, all pieces were glued “butt-wise”(this means glueing one flat end to the next flat end – ‘butt to butt’, so to speak). There are 60 visible precision outside cuts and 224 tight fitting invisible(inside structural)cuts all held together with wood glue.
Seat height: 45.2cm / Seat width: 43.5cm / Seat depth: 41cm / Backrest height: 46cm
-To make this chair I only used tools that the ‘average woodworker Joe’ would have in his workshop.
-I’ve also embedded a 16GB USB stick with info about my art + music that I love in the back rest(I do this often with many of my objects). Who knows, maybe in a few hundred years someone might find it and have a reference!

     
Moose Coffee Table (Plywood, tennis string and glass, 32cm x 104cm x 86cm,  Dirk Marwig 2008)

Moose Coffee Table (Plywood, tennis string and glass, 32cm x 104cm x 86cm, Dirk Marwig 2008)

This table was made from plywood rest cuts I had flying around in my studio.

     
Z-Frog Seat-Table-Shelf  (Driftwood with plywood inlay, stained,  painted and lacquered, 58cm x 48cm x 46cm, Dirk Marwig 2009)

Z-Frog Seat-Table-Shelf (Driftwood with plywood inlay, stained, painted and lacquered, 58cm x 48cm x 46cm, Dirk Marwig 2009)

I made this fun multi-use ‘seat/table/shelf’ piece of furniture back in 2009 out of driftwood that I found on the beach.

     
Dirk Marwig 3 Chairs  I made in Canada

Dirk Marwig 3 Chairs I made in Canada

3 Chairs -semi top view- from Left to Right: “Fast Harry Chair”, “Dark Prince Chair” and “Chair-i-Table”(if you ‘flip’ this chair over you will find 2 other sitting possibilities- so 3 chairs in one! -I still have to take photographs of the 2 flipped versions. -I need a good “Model”, though first!, I’m not an option. )

     
Dirk Marwig 2001 (This photo was taken at my 2001 show at the Nikolaus Fischer Gallery in Frankfurt,Germany)

Dirk Marwig 2001 (This photo was taken at my 2001 show at the Nikolaus Fischer Gallery in Frankfurt,Germany)

“This photo was taken at my 2001 show at the Nikolaus Fischer Gallery in Frankfurt,Germany. For this show i rented a huge moving van in Madrid and transported my whole apartment to the Frankfurt gallery: I turned the gallery space into my party home showing everything that was in it, sound system included, of course! (This photo shows only a fraction of the paintings, objects and furniture that were featured). To pass the time at the inauguration I put on a 6 hour DJ set. The whole street was full of people pressing their noses up against the gallery window in astonishment. It was fun!”

     
RED SEATFELD CHAIR

RED SEATFELD CHAIR

(Plywood construction,Dirk Marwig 1997)

     
GREEN SEATFELD CHAIR

GREEN SEATFELD CHAIR

(Plywood contruction,Dirk Marwig 1997)

     
STATIC MOVEMENT COCKTAIL TABLE

STATIC MOVEMENT COCKTAIL TABLE

(Iron,leather,isolaton tape+oil,53.5cm x 81cm x 46cm,2007)

     
ANGEL SOFA AND TABLES 2011

ANGEL SOFA AND TABLES 2011

(Solid aged fir,plywood+ 17 fitted cushions,300cm x 76cm x 108cm)

     
23 PIECES DJ INCLUDED

23 PIECES DJ INCLUDED

(Traktor box disassembled+Dirk Marwig,Vancouver 2011)

     
TRAKTOR BOX FRONTAL VIEW

TRAKTOR BOX FRONTAL VIEW

(138cm x 110cm x 77cm,Vancouver 2011)

     
TRAKTOR BOX HALF PROFILE

TRAKTOR BOX HALF PROFILE

(Traktor Box-half profile view,Vancouver 2011)

     
TRAKTOR BOX_STAND TOP VIEW

TRAKTOR BOX_STAND TOP VIEW

(Plywood,oak+enamel,138cm x 110cm x 77cm,Vancouver 2011)

     
COMPONENTS ON TRAKTOR STAND

COMPONENTS ON TRAKTOR STAND

(Traktor stand with it’s components,Vancouver 2011)

     
TENCHICS REWORK TABLE

TENCHICS REWORK TABLE

(Wood,plastic cord+oil,49cm x 53cm x 56cm,Vancouver 2008)

     
NON RONG™STOOL

NON RONG™STOOL

(Wood+tennis string,38cm x 40cm x 40cm,Vancouver 2007)

     
DARK PRINCE CHAIR (Dirk Marwig, 2009)

DARK PRINCE CHAIR (Dirk Marwig, 2009)

“THE DIRK MARWIG CHAIR”
This chair was designed,constructed and finished by Dirk Marwig in Vancouver,Canada 2009. Dimensions: Total height: 100 cm , Seat height: 45 cm Width: 44.5 cm Total depth: 61 cm , Seat depth: 43 cm Construction: Recycled solid Walnut and Cherry wooden floor boards(1 inch thick),wooden dowels and bisquits, wood glue(no screws or nails) Color: Natural light walnut and reddish cherry Finish: Hand rubbed Danish oil Extras: —Supports up to 300 kg of dead weight(proven,with a really fat guy sitting on it!)— —Extremely comfortable—
The only wooden chair in the WORLD with this DESIGN and CONSTRUCTION(according to thorough research) -signed and dated,with title(engraved) on the base bottom of chair by Dirk Marwig.

     
TABLE AND STOOL 1995

TABLE AND STOOL 1995

TABLE AND STOOL 1995

     
SOFA 1995-A

SOFA 1995-A

SOFA 1995-A

     
SKI-CHAIR,etc.-GOETHE INSTITUTE-MADRID

SKI-CHAIR,etc.-GOETHE INSTITUTE-MADRID

SKI-CHAIR,etc.-GOETHE INSTITUTE-MADRID

     
PLYWOOD TABLE 1995

PLYWOOD TABLE 1995

PLYWOOD TABLE 1995

     
Goethe Institute Madrid

Goethe Institute Madrid

Goethe Institute Madrid

     
SOFA 1995-B

SOFA 1995-B

SOFA 1995-B

     
Pissing Dog Table

Pissing Dog Table

(Solid aged fir,36.5cm x 100.3cm x 31.5cm,2009)

     
Hi Way+Railroad Table

Hi Way+Railroad Table

(Hand made plywood,glass,25cm x 78cm x 64cm,2009)

     
Golden Triangle Table

Golden Triangle Table

(Gilded plywood,glass,39cm x 119cm x 90cm,2009)

     
Fast Harry Chair

Fast Harry Chair

(Walnut and cherry constuction,Dirk Marwig 2009)

     
Dark prince chair

Dark prince chair

(Walnut and cherry construction,Dirk Marwig 2009)

     
Chair i table

Chair i table

(Walnut and cherry construction,Dirk Marwig 2009)

     
Angel Sofa  (L. : 300cm, H. : 76cm, D. : 108cm, fir + plywood with high gloss enamel and 17 fitted cushions , Dirk Marwig 2011)

Angel Sofa (L. : 300cm, H. : 76cm, D. : 108cm, fir + plywood with high gloss enamel and 17 fitted cushions , Dirk Marwig 2011)

I still can’t believe that I made this sofa alone in my relatively small studio. It consists of 5 separate structural pieces which can easily be assembled and 17 custom fitted cushions( all with zippers so that they can be machine washed).
( L.:300cm,H.:76cm,D.:108cm, fir + plywood with high gloss enamel and 17 fitted cushions)

     
DYSFUNCTIONAL  (Plywood object, 35.5cm x 59.5cm x 15.3cm, Dirk Marwig 2008)

DYSFUNCTIONAL (Plywood object, 35.5cm x 59.5cm x 15.3cm, Dirk Marwig 2008)

-I’m pretty practical and to my mind everything can have a purpose and could be put to “use”. With this object I simply made the choice to ‘keep it dysfunctional’! ‘To keep it open’, as they say. Simple as that. Of course, I could put a slab of glass on it or use it to put umbrellas in or put my TV “cable box”(which in reality is the case!) or magazines into it… the possibilities for practical “use” and application are almost endless if you put your mind to it. That’s why I kept it “Dysfunctional” in order to ‘open up that door’ of possibilities in the mind of the spectator.