Tangent Chair by Joseph Bertucci

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Tangent

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
To develop a seating piece of furniture that uses geometry to display its beauty through the union of its elements and materials.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Tangent Chair exhibits the inherent strength and flexibility of plywood. By embracing its own design, the chairs geometry and elements are beautifully blended together in order to unite the overall design. By using plywood and traditional fabrication techniques, the chair ensures a lightness and simplicity in appearance while also retaining rigidity in strength. The end result becomes an elegant and unique way of redefining the chair.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Light in appearance but sturdy in strength, this chair is intended for relaxation and social interaction while complimenting the space it inhabits.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in September 2013 and assembled in December 2013 at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. The chair was then finished with a final coating in April 2014.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Production on the chair began after finalizing the double curve design. The molds were milled using a CNC machine and prepped for the bending process. The primary material is bending plywood. These layers were soaked for additional flexibility and adhered together with an epoxy. The material was bent through cross lamination to strengthen the wood and sanded for finish. The final step was applying a layer of hickory veneer on the surface and finishing with a satin clear coating.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The chair is comprised of three layers of bending plywood that are cross laminated and adhered with epoxy. The overall height of the chair measures at 2 feet 9 inches and overall width measures at 2 feet. The seat height measures up to 1 foot 5 inches and the laminated layers measure at 3/4 inch thick. Finally, the void is comprised of 3 tangent circles that have a typical radius of 3 inches

TAGS:
chair, bending wood, plywood, digital fabrication, bending plywood, wood working, mold making, architecture, veneering, curved chair, bent chair, plywood chair, geometry, tangent,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research was initially done based on geometry. This background was found through studies and theorems from people such as Gian Francesco Malfatti and Jakob Steiner. Further research surrounding Charles and Ray Eames and Digital Fabrication served as methods to approach the design process. A series of experiments followed in order to accommodate for the challenges in the design but were resolved through a combination of different techniques.

CHALLENGE:
The chairs challenge comes from its design and bending capabilities. In order to manage a prototype by hand, it would mean to have a high level of precision in the fabrication process.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-28 07:37:30

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Sherry Huang, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Joseph Bertucci

PROFILE:
Joseph Bertucci is an employed architect intern at VOA Associates Incorporated. He develops new and innovative solutions that contribute towards architecture and industrial / product design. His designs are a balance of simplicity in appearance and complexity in fabrication. He stretches the physical properties of his material palette and embraces the challenges his designs address. Joseph exhibits a fine level of precision and dedication, while producing a product that is not only elegant but unique in design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Tangent Chair by Joseph Bertucci is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Tangent Chair by Joseph Bertucci is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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