Wood is a living material, and as a result it doesn't stop moving, even once cut. So how do you accommodate for that when designing wooden furniture? That is how the idea of the three legged chair came about. It's design allows the wood to move freely whilst keeping its stability, no matter the surface that it's resting on. The rope backrest works as a constructive solution and is also aesthetically pleasing.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
3 legs, 6 meters of rope and 7 pieces of wood. That's all it takes to build this chair. Its uniqueness comes hand in hand with its simplicity. Natural lines and superb craftsmanship. The shape of the backrest is created by a natural ramie cord, the tension of which is generated from a toggle stick that twists the cord under the seat - an elegant, simple and very effective solution.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Seating is a common action that people use on a daily basis. The idea was to have a beautiful piece of furniture that is simple and comfortable at the same time. A chair that is easy to move around and keeps its stability on every surface. A piece of design that you can interact, even changing the backrest rope as you like.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project started in january 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, and was first produced on june 2014.
It was exhibited in Sao Paulo Design Week, November 2014; also in Milan, during Salone del Mobile, in April 2015 and in Paris Design Week, in September 2015.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This piece is mostly handmade, using tropical hardwood and rope.
Its entirely constructed with traditional woodworking joints: round tenon joint and dowel joint.
The handmade work is to the highest standard.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
width 450 x depth 420 x height 775
Weight: aprox 5 to 8 kg depending on the wood species.
This is a small chair. Package made out of cardboard or OSB.
wood, furniture, design, heart, elegant, simple, craft, tradition
Making chairs is a challenge, even more so when it's made using wood. A chair must be comfortable, stable and well strong. And each species of wood demand a different approach, particular care and craft technique. So, since the first prototype was made, its design has gone through five evolutionary stages. Fine tuning until the desired comfortable result was achieved.
When developing the furniture, we must bare in mind the woods natural ability to swell and contract. Three legs not only allows the chair to be stable on uneven floors, but it's design allows the natural movement of the wooden seat. Meaning that the solid wood seat can expand and contract freely without effecting the balance of the chair. The other challenge was the backrest. The cord proved to be a neat solution, allowing the natural movement of the woods whilst providing a unique aesthetic.
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Images #1, #2, #3, #4, #5: Photographer Diego Castro / Creator Diego Castro ( photographer and designer ), Cadeira 3 Pés, 2014.
Video Credits: Frank Rocha, Dziga Filmes, Rock n' Roll, 2014.