Haragana Lounge Chair by Tobias Kappeler

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Haragana

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Lounge Chair

INSPIRATION:
We live in a fast-paced world where everything must happen instantly and thus, we often forget to take a break, lean back and just observe our surroundings. The aim was to create a chair in which you stay and remain seated for a while. Studying the territory of observation the design invites and resembles this as well. What you see, is actually not what you see. Perceived is an armchair due to the emphasized outline which resembles an armchair, however, there are no armrests.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Haragana is a lounge chair made from bent steel tubes and cork disks for seating. The outline of the chair resembles and reminds of an armchair however there are no cushions or upholstery. The chair is reduced to the essential structure, giving it a light and airy design, which fits perfectly in interior spaces without taking up too much space visually. The simple graphical cork seating disks provide contrast to the more complex underlying tubular structures.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Due to its low and comfortable seating point, it invites people to stay seated for longer. In addition, having only the essential structures and the seating of the chair, its light and open design smoothly integrates into the interior without claiming too much attention but still allowing for a more complex shape to be present.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2020 and was developed by myself as part of my MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering degree. The project duration was 4 weeks and was exhibited at the Royal College of Art in February 2020.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The chair was made from 19 and 16mm steel tubes and cork. After an extensive study on the design territory “observation” small scale prototyping and sketching the chair was produced fully by hand without any automated machines. Steel tubes were bent by hand and welded together, piece by piece. First the outline, then the inside structure, then the legs and lastly the seating of the chair. After welding it together, the chair was sanded down and spray painted. The cork was sanded and then added.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The chair has a width of 75cm, a length of 65cm and a height of 65cm. To add additional support to the legs, a thin stainless steel rod was welded in between the legs. The seating position is purposely low 28cm to ensure people stay seated for longer and enjoy the experience, their surroundings and thoughts that come when taking a break.

TAGS:
Furniture Design, Chair Design, Lounge Chair, Tubular Design, Observation.

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The project started with an exploration into the theme of observation and how to create a seating experience that could last for a longer period. A strong driver of the project was prototyping on a scale of 1:10 with steel rods that were spot-welded together. This allowed for quick iterations on different shapes and to explore different curves and their relation with each other. The tools used to produce the chair were very simple, a tube bending machine, a welding machine and a sanding machine.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to produce a chair with a complex curved shape that was still symmetrical. This required several attempts and an in-depth observation from several angles. As tubular systems for furniture design have been explored before, the challenge was to come up with a design that is new and still interesting. To keep the light feel of the chair, the structure needed to be strong and stable.

ADDED DATE:
2021-06-25 18:52:59

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Tobias Kappeler

IMAGE CREDITS:
Tobias Kappeler, 2021.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Tobias Kappeler Design

PROFILE:
Tobias is an interaction and experience designer working at the intersection of craft, technology & design developing innovative products, applications and services that connect and empower people. His curious personality and persistence allowed him to transition between craft-based metalwork, construction management, mixed reality design and audio experience design, taking a multidisciplinary approach to design. His keen eye for details, prototyping workflow and passion for user-centred design gives him a unique edge in developing innovative solutions that seamlessly integrate into people's lives. Before pursuing the MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering, Tobias completed a BA in Process Design at HyperWerk in Switzerland, where he designed and developed virtual reality (VR) applications in the field of design and education. Tobias has eight years of training and professional experience as a metal worker and construction manager, specialising in designing new, and retrofitting existing, public and private spaces. Tobias is an audio enthusiast, music producer and DJ who is fascinated by the emotional energy sounds can release and the universal language of music that exists across cultures and societies.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Haragana Lounge Chair by Tobias Kappeler is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Haragana Lounge Chair by Tobias Kappeler is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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