Walky Chair by Armando Mora Medina

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Walky

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
The human has forgotten how to build community, he designs and produces individualistic objects continuously, not focusing on the importance of social and human connections in today's world. Additionally, movement is an essential component of life, and today's pandemic situation has exposed it as a critical void that design must incorporate into interiors. Walky Chair captures the moment of a person walking, and multiplied within a space, provides a sense of dynamism and social activity.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Walky is a chair that challenges the rigidity and monotony existing in design by adding movement and energy over conventional motionless designs. This chair re-defines today's models with three main drivers: Curiosity, Interaction, and Personality. Walky expresses itself uniquely to every user and evokes emotional memories and connections through its playful walking shoes, transforming the personal interaction with its users into a unique dialogue and memorable moments.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Walky is a comfortable ergonomic chair made for personal and social activity. The experience the user has when sitting on it is unique, and it varies from person to person. The chair brings back infinite memories, connects with people because of its human attributes, and brings an energetic, playful character to any place it touches. The back legs, combined with the shoes, and their position, make the chair feel light and moving. Walky is a chair that evokes movement without moving.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in September 2019 and finished in November 2019 in Savannah, GA. It got the 2020 NYCxDesign Award in the student category and will be part of the SaloneSatellite 2021 Exhibition.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Solid ash and walnut. Bent-laminated wood routered and hand-shaped to make the central connector of the chair. Hand-shaped backrest. CNC Seat Hand-turned legs, structure, and shoes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width: 500mm Depth: 590mm Height: 790mm

TAGS:
Chair, Bistro, Moving, Walking, Playful, Character, Shoes

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
A thorough secondary and comparative research, of what the market offered and why the chair design world is where it is, indicated a void in motion and personality in chair design. Most of the chair designs only vary through shape and materials and does not address the personal dialogue with the user psyche. Sitting is a personal and dynamic activity, and it makes no sense why the chair design is so static and lacks interaction and dialogue between user and product.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of this project was bringing the idea to life. The design has no flat surfaces or edges, so the construction of the prototype required of previous study mock-ups and high precision craftsmanship to make it possible. It was a challenge to make the central bent piece that connects the chair parts and to make it look like a dowel. Also, it was tricky to find the right woods and type of joints for the back legs resistant enough to support the weights required.

ADDED DATE:
2020-06-17 21:11:24

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Armando Mora Medina, 2020.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Viviane & Armando Design

PROFILE:
Viviane & Armando Design is an emerging design studio that believes in the power of fun and movement. It seeks to give life to the ordinary, causing the public to smile; hence, it designs bold objects with elegance and style. Viviane and Armando met as students on the first day of their BFA Architecture Program in Guadalajara, Mexico. Furniture design began as a hobby after they got married. However, they soon realized they needed further knowledge to change the "Not Possible" to "Yes we can." Therefore, they decided to seek an MFA in Industrial and Furniture design at SCAD. Today, V&A Design looks for creating authentic experiences through unexpected movement and change to bring life. V&A Design is not merely a coincidence with the iconic V&A Museum. Viviane and Armando wish to commemorate and continue Victoria's and Albert's passionate story of supporting and acknowledging each other and who trusted in the power of creativity and design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Walky Chair by Armando Mora Medina is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Walky Chair by Armando Mora Medina is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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