Chair with Belly Button
Chair with Belly Button was inspired by the idea that people should have more choices to sit comfortably wherever they want. The image of the chairs came from a dreamy scenario, a group of floppy and melting forms scattering in a space. They quietly lean against the walls and in the corners like little fellows sleeping. Each chair has its own belly button to lend a little bit of playfulness.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The chair designs redefine the sitting areas in our daily environment to activate unexpected seating options. The series of sculptural chairs allows users to utilize the spaces around them such as stairs, floor, or piles of books to provide a more comfortable sitting experience.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The chairs can be used both indoors and outdoors. They are small, lightweight, and portable. The compact round seat fits on the corners on any flat surface. The asymmetrical chair is designed for staircases. It grips against the vertical surfaces of staircases to prevent flip over, and has an armrest shaped into a smooth concave surface for comfortable resting as well as body supports. The chair with a wide disk like base is designed for floors. The wide base stabilizes the chair, and the skinny-tapered seatback enhances comfort for longer sitting.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in September 2010, and finished prototyping in April 2013 in New York.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Utilizing rotational molding to make hollow and one part body in polyethylene; Sandblasting to create smooth surfaces.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: Stair seat: 53 x 43 x 38 cm Floor seat: 57 x 57 x 36 cm Small seat: 34 x 35 x 6 cm
chair with belly buttons, belly button, handcrafted design, furniture, portable, lightweight, sculptural.
Through research, I found that people enjoy sitting on the corners of furniture or any flat surface they can find near by. To turn these corners into comfortable seating, I studied the sitting postures in these spots and designed supportive structures accordingly. Because the chairs need to be lightweight and portable, I utilized the existing structures as supports to minimize their sizes. The chairs are also designed to be hollow, which reduces weight and give the seats more flexibility.
The chairs are embodied through exploring the property of clay. I experimented with melted clay and threw damp clay into corners to see the distorted shapes after impact - they corresponded to the location of collision and retained the marks of force. With the finding, the shapes of chairs are sculpted corresponding to the environments with lines of force. They were further given belly buttons as a symbolic element, which creates a visual illusion to turn the chairs into soft and skin-like surfaces and give them playful personalities.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Image #1: Photographer Armando Raphael, Chair with Belly Button, 2011