Hopper Chair by Takashi Niwa

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Hopper

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
Hopper Chair with its reclined ergonomics invites the users to sit back and relax. The signature double curves form an energizing and friendly gesture, which recalls a joyful spirit of hopping. When not in use, Hopper Chair is still a spark of joy in the space.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The double curved wood frame with customized profile ensures comfort while also enhancing the dynamic form of the chair. The profile has its three corners filletted where the body is in contact with the chair. On the other hand, one strong edge still remains to highlight the overall gesture and appears with higher contrast under the lighting effect.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
With a welcoming gesture, Hopper Chair offers its user to relax with comfort. The reclined angle with a smooth curve turns into pleasant armrests and backrests. The double curved frame is designed to give light and open feelings with resting and support panels, which also enhance structural stability.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was designed in Hanoi, Vietnam in May 2021 and finished in Binh Duong, Vietnam in February 2022

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
With high quality requirement and subtle details, the chair’s parts were made using 5 axis CNC for finishing accuration. A technician with 20 years of experience in craftsmanship then worked to assemble these parts and details together.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
550 x 645 x 800

TAGS:
furniture, chair, ergonomic, wood

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Throughout the design process, there were many studies on the overall form to reveal strong gestures with simplicity. After multiple iterations of the leg and frame profile, a scale model was 3d printed for mock up before sending the final design to the factory.

CHALLENGE:
It was a challenge to ensure structure and rigidity with the chair’s significant curves and incline without losing the purity of the form. Various testing took place to study different relationships between front legs and back legs’ curve and angle. Supporting structural frames and joints were then added underneath the seat to ensure stability.

ADDED DATE:
2022-02-28 10:46:03

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Takashi Niwa

IMAGE CREDITS:
Naoto Ohike

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Takashi Niwa

PROFILE:
Takashi Niwa is a Japanese architect who established offices in Vietnam in 2018 and Japan in 2020. By the design approach of “Visualize the values”, Niwa’s firm designs from small furniture to big symbols, from interior to urban planning and from private space to public space.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Hopper Chair by Takashi Niwa is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Hopper Chair by Takashi Niwa is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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