The Praxis I Chair is a concept derived out of a self driven challenge to reinterpret the common office chair. This design was borne out of questioning whether it was possible to design an office chair that was economically practical, realistic to manufacture, yet comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. This question came out of observing the office furniture of my current office environment and envisioning a better workplace based on my own wishes of comfort and improved visual aesthetics.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design of the Praxis I Chair is a refinement of a core element of any professional workspace. Featuring a unified seat and back cushion atop a singular frame, Praxis I takes the essential elements of the modern office chair and merges them into a consistent and unified design. Made of a molded block of viscoelastic foam and upholstered with perforated leather, the cushion adapts easily to a wide range of body types - making Praxis I unique in its commitment to comfort and and simplicity.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Praxis I is designed for use in professional workspaces. Focused on providing the user with a maximum level of comfort with only the essential components, the chair can easily adapt to the user when occupied. The viscoelastic foam in the chair cushion molds to the shape of the user’s body, providing a perfect fit for a wide range of body types. The spring-tilt mechanism allows the user to recline backwards to alleviate back pressure. The cylindrical gas lift also provides easy height adjustment.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The concept of Praxis I was created in July 2016 and completed September 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia of the United States.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The silhouette of the chair was derived by intersecting two lines at a 105 degree angle and creating offset lines from those original lines to create the depth of the chair frame. The angle was chosen to encourage a more natural and comfortable seating position, giving the user the ability to rest in a comfortable posterior seating position. After the shape of the chair frame was determined, the design was further refined by rounding the corner angles of the chair to soften the appearance of the chair. The aesthetic of the chair frame is what gave influence to other components of the chair, such as the cushion and the chair base.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
558.8mm x 732.5mm x 1062.28mm
chair, seat, office, professional, clean, minimal, simple, comfortable, seat, work
Most of the research that went into the development of this concept went into finding out what components of a chair made it the most comfortable. Information gathered from the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group (CHFERG) was instrumental in determining what physical properties the chair would need to incorporate. Further research went into determining what materials could comprise the frame and cushion of the chair. Research showed that a rigid molded plastic could be the frame of the chair with molded memory foam comprising the interior of the cushion.
The Praxis I concept was the culmination of multiple attempts to create an entry-level professional grade chair that prioritized comfort while retaining an aesthetic simplicity. Previous drafts of this idea were visually incoherent or unrealistic in the application of materials. Another bothersome aspect of creating this design was using a computer unfit to handle the demands of the modeling and drafting software, which made the creation of sketches and renders a slightly arduous process.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Osayande Imarhiagbe, 2016.