The convertible chair design, y.O, started with inspiration from early 20th century furniture designs and working early in my career in the office of Marcel Breuer, the last practicing master from the Bauhaus. The Wassily Chair and Corbusier’s Sling chair were inspiring examples of good design. This experience along with living in small urban living spaces in New York City, emerging global urbanization and a desire to contribute in new ways to manage resources combined to inspire this design.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Chair has the unique ability to convert from a reclining position to an upright dining position in one motion without latches or hardware using only proportion, geometry and gravity while remaining in one piece as one object using interchangeable snap-in cushion pads. The thru-slots allow color to show through to the back of the chair as well as the front in both positions, are easily removable to clean or change color and are made from recyclable, TPE material.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Chair has the unique ability to convert from a reclining position to an upright dining position in one motion without latches or hardware using only proportion, geometry and gravity while remaining in one piece as one object.
The Cushion uses the structure of the chair to provide secure & easily removable cushion pads in various colors for design coordination and cleaing.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Schematic Design Initiation -December 2011
US Patent granted - October 28, 2014 - October 28, 2014
Debut - 2015 ICFF with the support of Richlite/ecosupply.
Cushion Design - June 2016
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
DINING POSITION: Width 558mm x Depth 558mm x Height 914mm, Weight 9.2 kg LOUNGE POSITION: Width 558mm x Depth 571.5mm x Height 698.5mm, Weight 9.2 kg DINING CUSHION: 406mm x 381mm x 12mm: LOUNGE CUSHION: 406mm x 457mm x 12mm
ZmartChair, convertible, dynamic furniture, convertible chair, lounge chair, dining chair
All dimensions and ergonomic data from Human Scale 1 2 3 by Neils Diffrient, Alvin Tilley & Joan Bardagly
CHAIR: First, the seat dimensions have to respond to both the dining position and the lounge position upon rotation. Secondly, locating the pivot point in the support piece affects both the dinning seat height and the lounge seat height from the floor in different proportionality. Thirdly, only and unless the position of the seat pivot point is high enough relative to the occupant’s hips does balance and stability occur. And lastly, there is the aesthetic challenge. The chair must look normal in both positions not odd, quirky, unbalanced or unattractive.
CUSHION : The challenge in creating a cushion for the y.O2 ZmartChair was to find the right material and attachment method that would complement the clean subtractive design of the chair structure. Various prototypes in various material were tested. In the end the strips cut into the seat back and bottom for saving weight and to provide flexibility also provided the opportunity to be able to easily insert different cushion pads of different colors.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Kevin Mcdevitt, Photographer
Anthony Iolascan, Animation
US 8,870,277 B2