Gibbous Chair and Ottoman by Nanu Al-Hamad

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Gibbous

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair and Ottoman

INSPIRATION:
The Moon

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Gibbous is a modular outdoor or indoor piece. It thrives outdoors because it is upholstered in a heavy duty, waterproof, glow-in-the-dark material. This material will charge naturally by the sunlight during the day, and glow throughout the night. The chair is a sphere, one quarter slice slides out to reveal the chair and this slice becomes the ottoman. This ottoman may also be used as a seat, or as a headrest for one lying in the grass. When the chair is closed up, you have a beautiful glowing ball; an environmentally friendly mild lighting to your garden, pool, or living room.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Gibbous is upholstered with a glow-in-the-dark material, so it must be charged using a lighting source. The best and most efficient (and green) is sunlight, making this a perfect outdoor piece. The piece transforms from a sphere by removing the quarter slice, which reveals the chair and this slice itself becomes the ottoman. The slice can also be used as a seat or as a head/backrest for someone lying on the ground. When use of the chair is done, it is then compacted back into a sphere to glow beautifully throughout the night.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was designed in New York in July 2011. It was manufactured in Kuwait and finished in December 2011. It was exhibited at the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait January 2012. It will be exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City May 2012.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Gibbous was made using high quality marine glow-in-the-dark material. This material is highly durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. The structure of the chair was made using wood, and the quarter slice ottoman is made completely of foam cushion.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
1100mm x 1100mm x 900mm

TAGS:
Chair, Ottoman, Glow in The Dark, Outdoor, Sphere, Modular, Transform, Waterproof

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The first step of the research process was locating a material which was glow-in-the-dark and suited the parameters of the project. Collection of materials led to experimentations comparing their type of glow, length of glow, ease of charging, durability, and longevity. With a material selected, I began the process of the detailed design of the chair, dimensions and comfort of user. The chair and the ottoman had to be comfortable and in proper scale, while still fitting into the sphere and complying with the integrity of the concept of the design.

CHALLENGE:
This design allowed for many problems to arise. The most difficult of them was allowing for the reality of this idea of creating a glowing ball, while being able to transform it into a comfortable chair. These pieces are handmade and require the utmost perfection in it's creation. The ottoman which completes the sphere, is a hand cut cushion. The upholstery of the piece was a challenge as well, creating a pattern than could flawlessly upholster a sphere.

ADDED DATE:
2012-02-29 13:46:16

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Nanu Al-Hamad, 2011.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Al-Hamad Design

PROFILE:
Al-Hamad Design is focused on creating luxury objects that surprise and encourage interaction. Embracing an innovative design theory based on a foundation of new concepts, the furniture utilizes progressive materials and technologies in order to improve and expand the relationship between objects and their users. Al-Hamad Design also specializes in customized furniture, tailored specifically for the space and wishes of the client. Other services include object design, interiors, dream materialization, creative consultation, and collaborations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Gibbous Chair and Ottoman by Nanu Al-Hamad is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Gibbous Chair and Ottoman by Nanu Al-Hamad is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2011 - 2012.



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