Yes, really! The Nano Chair–a mere 5 microns or 10-06 meters in height–is the smallest chair that I own. Invisible to the naked eye, it continues to be invisible even when a microscope strong enough to reveal a dust mite (miniscule within the cavernous spaces of your computer’s keyboard) is trained upon it! At only 300 microns (or 10-04) in length, the dust mite would squash the Nano Chair; similarly a chair (100 ) from your home (10+01) would be destroyed if suddenly the Taj Mahal (10+02) decided to make it the seat of choice!
The Nano Chair, 2008, by Lucas Maasen, currently can be “seen” at the Eames Office, 850 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, California within its exhibition, Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Exhibition on Scale. You’ll find it displayed in the 10-06 panel; look for the petri dish engulfing a forlorn piece of metal (about half the size of a postage stamp).
The chair is just one of the many objects within the show that I will be presenting in future entries.