In our last chair post, Prototyping a Place to Sit, we created molds and laminated foam core prototype shells of a variety of Finish wood case study chairs. Taking in our new understandings of ergonomics, profiles, seat dimensions, and discussions of comfort, aesthetics, and form of these and other Nordic chairs, we move forward into our own designs.
Designing at 1:1 offers new advantages in that one can test ideas immediately at the full scale and not lose the details in a scaled down model. It is an amazing realization that every single centimeter (yes, we are on the metric system here) needs to be impeccably articulated, and that with the slightest alteration of a curvature or bend, the entire nature or attitude of the chair can change.
We have been simultaneously thinking about the legs: what material, the connection, the joint, and the form. The Finnish attitude is that while the legs are obviously as a fundamental ingredient, they serve are secondary elements that compliment the character of the shell. One we have finalized our shell design, full effort goes towards the legs.
Through several iterations of new prototypes and models, we are closing in on our designs and approaching the next step. Our professor, Julie Scheu took us through the process of designing new wooden molds for use in the molding oven (no more foam); soon we will cast our shells out of bent Finnish birch!
More to come... Enjoy!
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A new adventure begins as we finish one chapter; we hope to share our story with you. We are current graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.