Decker Folding Yacht Chair by Cameron Smith

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Decker

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Folding Yacht Chair

INSPIRATION:
There is not a lot of room on yachts, but they maintain a high desire to have flexible furniture that can be easily stowed when not in use. Plastic chairs or bulky furniture aren't at home on expensive yachts. The Decker folding yacht chair can be used on deck and easily stowed when needed.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Inspired by the need for quality compact furniture on yachts, the Decker folding yacht chair easily folds from a lounge chair to a compact form factor. Teak wood slats are secured to webbing straps rather than the stainless steel frame to provide flex and added comfort in the seat. A jog in the seat frame creates a handle when folded and allows the needed geometry for an over center design that keeps the webbing in tension and the backrest open while in use. The teak seat and back slats are secured to webbing straps that run from the front of the seat to the top of the back. When unfolded, the unique over-center design provides tension on the straps holding the teak seat and back. The straps provide a secure seat that flexes and gives with the user.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The folding chair is simple to use. To close the chair simply flip the backrest down onto the seat. The teak slats relax when folded as the webbing is no longer under tension. With the backrest folded, the chair can be picked up by the handle on the back of the seat frame. The front legs are then folded followed by the back legs. The legs are held in place by magnets embedded inside the tubing. The same process is used to unfold the chair. First the legs are unfolded and the chair placed on the legs. The backrest is opened and the teak slats are tightened with the webbing is tightened.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design completed January 2022 with prototype units completed March 2022 in Seattle, Washington USA.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Materials common in yachts such as stainless steel, brass and teak are used in the Decker chair. The stainless steel frame is fabricated with trapezoidal tubing and cast lugs. The tubing and lugs are welded and finished to create a seamless frame. Brass hardware is used for pivot joints and fastening hardware. An optional pad with outdoor fabric withstands the elements encountered by yachts.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Open 660 mm wide x 730 mm deep x 673 mm tall 26” wide x 28.75” deep x 26.5” tall Folded 660 mm wide x 570 mm deep x 100 mm thick 26” wide x 22.5” deep x 4” tall

TAGS:
folding chair, yacht chair

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
A lower lounge chair was selected to aid the ability to fold and nest shorter legs. An ergonomic model was created that allowed for adjustment of the angle and height of the seat and back.. Adjusting the angles and length of the components allowed for the geometry to be tested by various users for maximum comfort.

CHALLENGE:
The chair has a simple design, yet there were several challenges in the design. Creating tension in the webbing and teak slats through the over center design of the backrest required multiple prototypes and webbing materials to be tested. The simplicity of the pivots required design iterations to create surfaces that interact with each other while the chair was open and closed. These simple details become the highlight of the chair.

ADDED DATE:
2022-02-26 22:27:15

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Cameron Smith and Adam Smith

IMAGE CREDITS:
photo - Cameron Smith

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.furnituresmith.com
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Furniture Smith

PROFILE:
Born of the idea to bring innovative form and function to furniture design, FurnitureSmith explores design and engineering through the interaction between people and the products they use. The resulting pieces redefine typical interactions with the user in unique, novel and beautiful ways. Each piece is created through inspiration so it resonates with people through form and function and inspires others.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Decker Folding Yacht Chair by Cameron Smith is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Decker Folding Yacht Chair by Cameron Smith is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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