In 2010, my brother asked me to create 60 new armchairs for his restaurant. He needed something new, coloured, comfortable, strong and stain-resistant. I decided to opt for a wraparound chair. Watching a rugby match here in Toulouse, rugby capital of France, I got the idea of using as a main motif the distinctive oval shape of the rugby ball. The arm, the hole in the arm and the section at the back will then have an oval shape.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Ami chairs are made of ample upholstery fixed on four thick oak legs. The solid appearance is reassuring for people who love to eat, some of them being none too lean. The design combines oval and square shapes. The elliptic holes in the arms are lined by moulded pieces of wood that people enjoy stroking.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This chair surrounds and reassures without isolating diners from the rest of the room thanks to its not too high back.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in january 2010 in Toulouse and finished in August 2010.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The covered structure is made of plywood and solid beech. Several pieces inside are cut using water jet and laser machines. The body is finished by the upholsterer. The legs are varnished and fixed at the end. The first requirement is strength. The connecting pieces are made of metal. I chose a robust fabric (100 000 t. on Martindale test), stain-resistant and available in a variety of bright colours.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions in mm - overall dimensions W x H x D = 510 x 900 x 610 mm Materials Legs in solid oak Structure in solid wood and plywood Hard-wearing with different densities. Stain resistant fabric. Net weight 12 kg
Packaging individual cardboard
Chair, restaurant chair, bridge, chaise, fauteuil, fauteuil de table, fauteuil de restaurant
My research focused on how to devise methods for making handmade chairs. I worked by continuously switching between my workshop and 3D software. I made two simplified prototypes that I presented to my brother, Chef Michel Sarran in his 2-star restaurant. He and the more corpulent members of his staff tested comfort and criticized various aspects such as handling ability, weight and aesthetics. In this interactive process I had to optimize the size of the armchair, both for better comfort and also for better adaptation to the capacity of the restaurant. Also, I had to explore different fabrics, their technical qualities and the choice of colours.
In France almost all chair plants have disappeared. Making an affordable quality chair in short series is difficult for a craftsman. I had to take in account this constraint in my design. Fortunately I had two good subcontractors nearby, an upholsterer and a sheet metal factory equipped with laser and water jet machines that could also be used for wood panels.
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Images#1, 2, 3, 4: Photographer Patrick Sarran
Images#5: Photographer Guillaume Fraysse
INPI Model N° 06-01-920 142 copyright become to Patrick Sarran, 2012