Inspires by the fine and antique woodworking traditions especially of Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern and Windsor Chair-making, the JB Living-Room Chair also incorporates the contemporary material and whimsy in the elastic seat and back material. The primary engagement, sitting in this chair, takes place on and through the most up to date materials while the technology, design and materials of the frame engage us in a dialog of tradition and structure.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Custom, comfortable elastic seating. Delicate but strong legs of White Oak support and penetrate Poplar side-rails and affix an Ash crest. The strong cross- and side-rails hold the ends of 3/16 bungee cord woven to form an elastic and playful seat.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The elasticity and angles of the seat and back make the Cat's Cradle an excellent lounge chair. A cup of tea and a fine book beside an excellent view or warm company and conversation complete this chair.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Cat's Cradle first prototyped in 2008 in Mahogany with a Danish Cord seat and back became this Oak and Bungee chair in 2011. The correction of angles and materials has allowed this chair to be more stable and more comfortable than its earlier prototype.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Four tapered White Oak legs form the vertical structure from floor to crest with Poplar rails glued to and resting on the widest parts of these legs. A steam bent solid Ash crest is shaped and grooved to set over the legs and accept the bungee cord that forms the back. Cross rails of Poplar and Oak are separating the sides and supporting the seat. The bungee of the seat is looped around the wood cross rails or around the brass screws in the Poplar side rails.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Cat's Cradle Living-room Chair is 92cm wide x 72cm deep x 94cm tall.
A solid wood frame of Poplar, Oak and Ash supports 100m of 5mm bungee cord woven and attached by brass screws and Oak dowels.
Chair, Wood, Bungee, Lounge, Ergonomic, Cat's Cradle
Research for this design has involved both sociological and historical study of seating. Contemporary craft and fine woodworking have also been important.
Another important contributor to my education as maker and designer has been my teaching design and furniture making.
Many years of chair construction, observation and design lead to the development of this design. Numerous configurations of leg and rails with special attention to compound angles and footprint have yielded this configuration. Trial and error, failure with intent have been part of a process wich also included many drawings and templates. Perhaps the greatest challenge was met in the solution of the back as the intersection of stretched cords between the seat and crest and the 'king-posts.39;
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Stoel Burrowes, 2012.