Of all the things I am, chair designer is not one that is very high on the list, if at all.

But a few weeks ago, The Calgary Home and Design Show asked if I could design my own Ikea chair that would be auctioned off at this weekend’s show. The funds raised will go to Make A Wish Foundation, which was intimidating because that’s such an important charity, I really didn’t want to screw up.You can see some photos of the chair above.

I ended thinking about the word “wish” a lot and thinking about the wishes that kids who are involved with the program, would have. That got me thinking about all the things we do in a chair, which is eventually what my chair became, a collection of verbs made easier by a comfortable chair. There are about thirty different words, in different fonts, that have been ironed on to the chair. After a few trial runs, the ironing took four or five hours. I then added an accent pillow. Look at me, saying “accent pillow” like I know what that means.

Anyway, if you’re in the Calgary area, you should check out the Home and Design Show and take a look at the chairs. There are about ten chairs designed by local media and they look good! What a great way to add some personality to your room and help a local child have their dream come true.

This was a pleasure to do!


Mike Morrison


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  2. Great post and a great cause!
    Nice work, Mike!!

    (you might want to change the text on the link to ‘wish’ though)

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