A SEASIDE-INSPIRED CHAIR THAT BECKONS ITS SITTER TO CHOOSE RESPITE COMPLETELY
Like most aspiring product designers, my hope in building a chair was to challenge what a chair could be.
In doing so, I first conducted market research by visiting three different furniture showrooms and sitting on a bunch of different chairs.
The documentation book I designed to show the process behind the project maintains the same design language sensibility as the Halt Chair.
Alternative materials, such as rope or cord, and unconventional, angular shapes were ideas that stuck out earlier on in the design process.
Ideation & Modelmaking
After the sketching ideation sketches, I settled on a few of my favorite designs but in the end, found myself intrigued by the possibility of creating a chair joined with natural rope rather than typical mechanical joinery.
So, I made some models to explore both form and the mechanics of rope joinery.
MODEL 1 tested out the chair's form and appearance.
MODEL 2 provided insight on chair's rope joinery and mechanics.
The quarter scale models were able to provide crucial insight into how I would construct the chair.
A construction drawing was illustrated to map out the different parts of the chair and show how it's put together.
Building the Chair
Once I established the final dimensions of the chair, it was time to actually build it. The chair was made of three pieces of 2"x3"x8' pine and less than 12 feet of rope.
To learn more about the project or read about discoveries I made during the process, take a look at a blog post I wrote.
Small details, like rounded corners and edges, add comfort to the chair's design.
Milk paint, which is environmental-friendly and non-toxic, was used to color the chair.
The final product can be folded up and stored easily.