Beke Kitchen Bar chair by John G Williams

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Beke

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Kitchen Bar chair

INSPIRATION:
Beke means 'peace' and 'to be connected to'. This design is intended to put the user at ease, for extended comfort at the breakfast bar – to provide an ergonomic and aesthetic sense of peace. The design attempts to realize this sense of well-being, and at the same time to support a sense of connection with the space at the bar. The design: respects the simplicity of the Danish Modern, and yet incorporates luxurious hardwood in the seat and back; integrates South African Cape Dutch architectural motifs with a sweeping architectural profile; uses a clean ash frame to showcase the richness of local and international hardwoods.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
An elegant and stable chair for use at a kitchen bar or counter, in the same range at the Beke dining chair. The chair is designed to be comfortable for extended periods of use, and the geometry of seat, backrest, and footrest have been tailored with this in mind. The seat is a unique custom plywood laminate finished in walnut veneer to an architectural form. The rear legs are formed in two parts: first by steam bending the graceful form, and then laminating for long term dimensional stability. The rails are profiled in an attempt to reinforce the overall lightness and sense of peace, and to support the cantilevered seat over the front rail.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Beke kitchen bar chair sits permanently near or at the kitchen counter. The user easily steps into the chair, using the front foot rail if preferred. The user can readily sit forward to the kitchen bar, given the small angle of inclination. The user is also comfortably supported by the inclined backrest, which remains comfortable for a number of hours. This sustains the most engaged of mealtime conversations, or possibly a shared sports match at a home bar.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was completed over the course of approximately 4 weeks. All design and manufacturing was completed in Johannesburg.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The chair design incorporates a number of innovative components: custom plywood seat; steam bent rear legs; coopered backrest; and shaped rails: Custom plywood seat. The seat is formed from 5 plies, which are then finished top and bottom with a walnut veneer. The profile is a custom design that is used to build a purpose made forming press to generate finished seat forms. T nuts are encapsulated in the ply, so that the seat can be securely bolted to the frame with no interruption at all of the top surface of the seat. Steam bent rear legs. The rear legs are steam bent in two pieces; cooled and stabilized; and then laminated to generate the final leg forms. Regular lamination was discarded on account of the excessive glue joints implied; and steam bending alone risked dimensional instability over time. This innovative combination captures the best of both techniques. Coopered backrest. Coopering is the ancient art of constructing curved forms as used in barrel construction. The backrest staves are cut with edges 1 degree off perpendicular so that, when glued together, they pull into the curved form. Modified power tools are used to finish shape the graceful curves. Shaped rails. The rails incorporate forms that echo local Cape Dutch architecture. These are achieved by trimming the rails to custom templates.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Overall dimensions: 1080mm high x 470mm wide x 670mm deep Seat dimension: 470mm wide x 440mm deep Backrest dimensions: 540mm wide x 200 mm high Seat angle: 3 degrees Backrest angle: 18 degrees Included angle: 15 degrees Seat height: 660 mm Backrest height: 1025mm Weight: 7.0kg

TAGS:
Beke, kitchen bar chair, south africa, hardwood, curved, danish modern, minimalist, ash, walnut, gracefu

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research focussed mainly on: the geometry of kitchen bar counter and chair; and the various manufacturing processes required to generate Beke

CHALLENGE:
The main aesthetic challenge in this project was to conceptualize a design that would be recognizably 'Beke' and congruent with the existing dining chair, without merely looking like an elongated version of the same. The manufacturing challenges were numerous. Combining steam bending with laminating for the rear legs required, in the end, a very complete understanding of the dynamics of steam bending. In particular, how steam bent parts spring back over time required extensive modeling and test work to realize the desired designed end product

ADDED DATE:
2018-09-25 00:10:42

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
John G Williams

IMAGE CREDITS:
John G Williams

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
UK IP Office Registered Design: 6047912 Holder: John Griffith Williams, 2018

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
John G Williams Fine Furniture

PROFILE:
John G Williams Fine Furniture is a Johannesburg based designer and manufacturer of fine furniture. The brand focuses on very high-end timber furniture products, which potentially find application in boutique hotels and lodges, commercial spaces, and exclusive residential settings. The product range includes a number of dining chair designs, a dining table, a kitchen bar chair, and most recently a lounge chair. The brand stands for the highest level of craftsmanship, and an aesthetic sense of freshness and simplicity, whilst aiming for the maximum possible ergonomic comfort. John G Williams Fine Furniture aims to deliver products that appear new and distinctive. By creating work that is enduring in both design and construction, the useful life of the products is maximized and this reinforces the sustainability of the product, and the responsible use of timber resources. The brand celebrates solid hardwood timber, for its richness of grain, colour and texture. American Walnut is a favourite hardwood, chosen for its interesting colour and inherent sense of quality. Clients are also able to select other indigenous hardwoods for the construction of their furniture and this can increase their personal connection with the work, and tailor the products to a particular setting. The brand has an unconstrained feel in its aesthetic, with interesting flowing shapes, both in the supporting frames, and in the main seating components. In the most recent addition to the range – a lounge chair – the solid hardwood seat is shaped into a deep shell which then forms both the seat and arms. John G Williams Fine Furniture willingly takes on some quite extreme manufacturing challenges in order to deliver designs that are beautiful and striking.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Beke Kitchen Bar Chair by John G Williams is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Beke Kitchen Bar Chair by John G Williams is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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