Published on March 24th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Benjamille Chair

Eric, who is a Masters candidate for a degree in Industrial Design, has been hacking Ikea for a while now. His most current hack is his successful recovery of his Snille Chair. It’s a mutant between a Benjamin stool and a Snille – a Benjamille?

He says, “The stem and wheel base of the chair broke off and I was left with no computer desk chair. Having some success with hacking the Benjamin stool before, I had an extra one ready to go. I had to take the base plate and grind off some welds where there was an convex, stamped steel plate.

Once that was removed, I mounted the plate and bracket assembly of the Snille chair with a few shorter, big tooth wood screws and I had myself a really clean hack of a chair.

See more photos of Eric’s Benjamille chair.

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14 Responses to Benjamille Chair

  1. Propagatrix says:

    It reminds me of a restaurant booster seat. Not in a bad way.

  2. Reg says:

    @Ran: Don’t assume that he’s killing his back. Posture makes up 80% of ergo-related back problems, not seating.

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  4. Eric says:

    Not gonna lie. Bum sweat is a harsh mistress.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Eric said…
    Actually, it’s comfortable.
    I really didn’t want anything that had fabric.

    hmmm..fabric-less, easily wiped-down computer chair..what is Eric up to?

  6. A desk chair without wheels? Hm, sounds unpractical …

  7. Robj98168 says:

    LOL Eric – that chair makes my happy! I love it. Very cool design- very smart- You could design for Ikea! I understand about not wanting fabric for the chair- good choice!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous, the wooden part is Ikea’s Benjamin stool, so it’s made for sitting on :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    That is way cool. Looks like the wooden part could easily snap or break, though?

  10. Eric says:

    And it’s Flickr I am checking….


  11. Anonymous says:

    looks like one of those freak toys that the sick neighbor kid in Toy Story would build ;-)

    In a cool way though

  12. Eric says:

    Actually, it’s comfortable.

    I really didn’t want anything that had fabric.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I sort of like the way it looks (it’s strange and makes me laugh!)

    But in terms of practicality, if you were going to really use that computer, that chair looks way too uncomfortable and much too low for that desk.

    Although, if checking facebook is all you do… :)


  14. Ran says:

    I love that he has thousands of dollars in computing gear around his workspace, but he’s killing his back on a crappy $20 chair.

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