Hug Armchair by Vinicius Lopes and Gabriela Kuniyoshi

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Hug

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Armchair

INSPIRATION:
The armchair was inspired by the act of hugging, full of emotion and the feeling of being welcome and safe, aiming to provide a sense of tranquility. It offers a relaxation experience as an alternative to the fast and stressful daily life, bringing to the fore good memories. Our goal was to develop a long-lived, extremely comfortable and resistant product that was also a more efficient alternative to the production of shells, usually made from wood, fiber or injected molding.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Hug is an armchair intended for a reclined sitting posture that anatomically hugs its users and gives them head support. Its extremely thin and resistant steel plate shell maximizes internal space and minimizes the use of materials by not employing the commonly used wood. This concept favors comfort since internally there are only foam and feathers. Base is made from Freijo solid wood, which emphasizes the design of the upholstered body. It comes with an ottoman.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Its medium back delicate design ensures a laid back sitting posture and offers a pleasant head support when users recline their bodies by resting their feet on the ottoman. Its leather and fabric upholstery emphasizes the continuous contour line of its internally hidden carbon steel plate shell. Its base made from Freijo solid wood has an indented back rail, which becomes hidden. As a result, the back's design is cleaner and the shape of the rear legs is highlighted.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project began in December 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and was shown to the public in June 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Hug combines different materials to industrial and handmade processes. The Freijo wood base follows traditional woodworking techniques. The 1.5 mm steel plate shell is laser cut, folded, welded and padded with 5 mm foam. The seat cushion has foams of different densities. The arms and backrest have a single piece soft cushion filled with feathers. Its whole structure (shell, seat, arms and backrest) is upholstered by hand with a fabric and genuine leather cover.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 840 x Depth 1025 x Height 755 mm

TAGS:
Armchair, Hug, Comfort, Cozy, Wood, Steel, Brazil, Shell, Laser, Feather

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Firstly, a research was done on the manufacturing processes of shells, including the materials used in these processes and the environmental impact that they generate. From this investigation, it was identified that none of the processes yielded a shell with the desired strength and thickness. The steel plate was then selected as the ideal material and the geometry of the polyhedrons was studied aiming to transform this virtually two-dimensional material in a three-dimensional shell.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to develop a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to the production of shells, usually made from wood, fiber or injected molding. The goal was to minimize the use of materials by using steel plate, which has a lighter environmental footprint. Exploring the potential of 1.5 mm steel plate, a production process was developed inspired by the geometry of polyhedrons, and the two-dimensional material became a three-dimensional, ergonomic, resistant and very thin shell.

ADDED DATE:
2017-08-26 16:58:45

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Designer: Vinicius Lopes, Designer: Gabriela Kuniyoshi and Manufacturer: Decameron

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Eduardo Delfim, Hug Armchair, 2017
Image #2: Photographer Eduardo Delfim, Hug Armchair, 2017
Image #3: Photographer Eduardo Delfim, Hug Armchair, 2017
Image #4: Photographer Eduardo Delfim, Hug Armchair, 2017
Image #5: Vinicius Lopes, Hug Armchair, 2017

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Decameron

PROFILE:
Decameron is a Brazilian contemporary Design Company, located in Sao Paulo. Established in 1995 by marcus ferreira.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Hug Armchair by Vinicius Lopes and Gabriela Kuniyoshi is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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Hug Armchair by Vinicius Lopes and Gabriela Kuniyoshi is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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