It started with a simple questioning. Can we create a long chair offering more than 3 back positions? And can it rock as well? And can it be made of very few pieces? Could a chair be designed using smooth curves instead hard straight lines? And most importantly, can it be simple yet innovative & elegant? I started designing with one obsession using only one basic shape allowing a very efficient fabrication process.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
EXOCET is a new concept chair. Its unique & clever design allows to transform it in order to get the desired shape. The EXOCET is crafted from a single main piece, a slat. A series of identical slats assembly is simply rotated on a cylinder.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
You can transform it by releasing the pressure with the handle. You move the section around the cylinder to create the desired configuration and you tighten the handle.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in July 2014. The first hand made prototype was created in August 2014. The first public exhibition took place in Toronto at the Interior Design Show in January 22 to 25, 2015.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Baltic Birch & Aluminium
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Standard chair configuration:
Width: 660 mm, Length: 1524 mm, Height: 1220 mm.
Rocking long chair configuration
Width: 660 mm, Lenght: 2185 mm, Height: 610 mm.
Folded chair configuration
Width: 660 mm, Lenght: 1524 mm, height: 460 mm.
Weight: 68 kg
design, innovation, elegance, style, amazing, less is more, beautiful, clever, rocking long chair, multifunctional
The slat shape was the key element. It was imperative to design the slat so that it would maximize comfort through the various possible positions.
Finding solution to limit friction as much as possible. To select the proper material to produce the cylinder and handles to avoid deterioration.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Image #1: Photographer Stéphane Leathead, Exocet, 2014.
Image #2: Photographer Stéphane Leathead, Exocet, 2014.
Image #3: Photographer Stéphane Leathead, Exocet, 2014.
Image #4: Photographer Stéphane Leathead, Exocet, 2014.
Image #5: Photographer Stéphane Leathead, Exocet, 2014.