Logan Armchair by Flavio Franco

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Logan

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Armchair

INSPIRATION:
There were two ideas that inspired this design. First the light: the designer wanted a piece with leaked parts, through which light could penetrate and create a beautiful set of shadows. The other inspiration was the claws of Marvel's Wolverine character, that is why the chair is called Logan.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
With its striking lines and angles, the Logan armchair has a distinctive and unconventional design. It is formed by the set of three angles in sequence, giving it an unusual appearance. The first angle serves as the base of the structure, the second serves as a seat and back base, and the third serves as a rest for the back. Made of 5mm oxidized steel, the weld points that connect the pieces were strategically placed to give stability and safety to the armchair.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Whoever watches and enjoys the Logan armchair is surprised by the fact that it is a relatively simple structure - with pieces of thin thickness - able to bear the weight of a sitting person, but also surprised by the way it reveals itself in the light with its interesting shadows which seem to be part of its structure.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started in June 2017 and finished in July 2017 in Teresina, Piaui. It was exhibited in September at Art Rio in Rio de Janeiro.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The armchair is made of 5mm rusty steel. The pieces are initially cut into ordinary steel and then welded into a set of three triangles. Each set is welded to the others until it reaches the projected width. After the armchair is assembled it receives baths of acid and sea salt to start the oxidation process. After fully oxidized the steel is sanded and finally applied a coat of matt lacquer.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
630mm x 960mm x 800mm

TAGS:
Armchair, Steel, Design, Dynamic, Contemporary, Light and Shadows

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The Logan armchair is formed by a set of three triangles. The first corresponded to the front base, the second to the seat and back base and the third to the backrest. The material used is oxidized steel with 5mm thickness. Steel bars are cut into triangles. After that, every triangle is welded one to one until it reaches the requiired width of the armchair. The welds are made at strategic points to ensure the safety and perfection of the workpiece finish. After the assembly, the armchair receives several baths of acid and marine salt. At the end of the oxidation process the parts are sanded and applied a mat varnish.

CHALLENGE:
The intention was to create an aesthetically strong piece, but light in its composition. Something that would leave the observer intrigued: how does it sustain itself? The soldering points were a great challenge, as it should be something discreet enough to not interfere with the aesthetics aspect of the armchair, and at the same time should ensure stability and safety in the enjoyment of the design.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-22 01:31:58

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Designer: Flavio Franco, Project assistant: Thyara Torres and Execution: Luxx

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Darci Bastos, Logan, 2017.
Image #2: Photographer Darci Bastos, Logan, 2017.
Image #3: Photographer Darci Bastos, Logan, 2017.
Image #4: Photographer Darci Bastos, Logan, 2017.
Image #5: Photographer Darci Bastos, Logan, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Flavio Franco Studio

PROFILE:
With the need to create exclusive pieces for the projects developed by our team, Flavio Franco Studio was founded in 2012, as a parallel activity to the Flavio Franco Architecture Office founded in 2000. After being invited to participate in various national móbile fairs like “Móveis Modernos e Contemporâneos” by the Historical Museum from Rio de Janeiro (November/2013), the Studio gained new proportions and recognition. With honnor, several awards were achieved. The next step was being invited to participate in exhibitions and international fairs, like Brazil S/A in Millan, Italy (2014/2015). The Studio´s creations obtained wide publicity at major national magazines like CasaVogue Brazil, and had several works published in books like, “Design Moderno Brasileiro" by Marcelo Vasconcelos and Zanini de Zanine (Olhares – Publisher) and “Móvel Moderno no Brasil", by Maria Cecília Los Chiavo (Olhares – Publisher). Another important project for the Studio was the line of utilities designed for the Ceramic Serra da Capivara, located in the National Park Serra da Capivara considered the cradle of the American Man. The pieces received prints depicting the existing inscriptions on site. Starting in 2015, the Studio participates in some projects in partnership with greats Brazilian Designers as Zanini de Zanine and Jaime Lerner, who together created the “Projeto Viés”, producing unique pieces in limited editions. Also in 2015, Studio Flavio Franco will give a big step, performing his first solo exhibition at Mercado Moderno Gallery, in Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays, the Studio has a great mix of products manufactured by great Brazilian companies. They are sofas, dining tables, coffee tables, armchairs and lamps. The creation work never stops.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Logan Armchair by Flavio Franco is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Logan Armchair by Flavio Franco is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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