The pursuit of clean lines and optimised ergonomics lies behind the design of the Tulip. Inspired by the blossom of the tulip flower, the backrest curves gently around the sitter providing maximum support and comfort. The curve of the backrest is complemented by the gentle slope of the legs which give the Tulip an elegant profile evocative of a dancer stretching at the barre.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
With its light weight of 7kg and stackability of up to 4x chairs, the Tulip represents elegance, strength and practicality all rolled into one. Functionality as ergonomics and stackabilty, to reduce shipping costs, are key elements of the design. The motivation behind the project was to create a contract use suitable chair without compromising comfort and elegance.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Tulip's main purpose is to serve as a dining chair but can be used as a desk or conference chair as well. The shaping of the back rest provides comfort over a few hours since seating position can be changed to facing sideways and still having a back support.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Tulip project started in January 2012 and was completed March 2013. It was exhibited at 100% Design in London 2013 and at 100% Design South Africa in 2014. It has also become the preferred seating solution of Soho House worldwide for the Private Function Rooms.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Rich and warm American Walnut is used for the frame and the front legs have a double tenon joint in order to provide extra strength. This combined with the hard wearing leather upholstery make the chair perfect for high traffic areas. All parts are manufactured using CNC machines for detailed shaping and maximum accuracy.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
width 520mm, depth 570mm, height 785mm, seat height 460mm, weight 7kg, stacks 4
future antiques, tulip chair, chair design, guideline design,
With the Tulip we've tried to create a chair that someone will purchase from an antique store in a century from now. A timeless classic peace that has the durability to last long enough and will still have the appeal inspired by design icons of the 20th century. We did extensive research on how to improve glue joints and ergonomics using 3-d computer programs. All parts are engineered using cnc machinery.
The creative challenge was to create an elegant piece that is suitable for contract use but is still elegant, sophisticated and timeless . All of this had to be achieved within a viable budget for the target price. Especially the organic shaped detail on the back rest had to be incorporated into a certain wood thickness available on the market. Another challenge was to achieve strength with as little parts as possible.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Christoph Karl and Roan Snyman
Photographer Frances Marais, 2016