Putchair Stool by Alicia Rühr

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Putchair

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Stool

INSPIRATION:
As the project was developed during a sprint project at university, it was based on a given task, creating a chair or stool in consideration of a human interaction with the object and the relation to its surrounding space. As one more condition, the prototype had to be built only using materials available at building centres. The basic idea was to create a visual momentum in a room by filling it with a multitude of identical forms, which can be assembled as needed.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Putchair offers a new perspective on the use and kind of furniture. Consisting of numerous similar pieces, it dissolves to thereby disengage from its function and more become a black mass then a common object. Functionality exists only through the will and acting of an actual user. Assembling and connecting the pieces to a form embodies a momentary need rather than limiting itself to a default setting.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Putchair can easily be assembled by connecting two balls by their Velcro dots, hooks on loops. As there are three of each positioned in the same pattern each ball, the orientation of the single parts comes naturally. To deconstruct Putchair, the balls can be pulled apart with little strength. Such fast handling makes it suitable to adjust its form to the varying needs of its user, never being bound to a single form.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was created in June 2017, as a sprint project at my university in Munich.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
For Putchair, the goal was to build a functioning prototype, which did not require to be prepared for serial production. After testing different options for cases and fillings such as cornbased pellets, cotton wool, tights and other, I considered soft foam material, balloons and adhesive Velcro dots as the most fitting. Therefore, for each ball two balloons were widened and cut off to mantle a foam cube. The small globes then where then paste up with the Velcro, three soft dots and three counterparts.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
As a cube shaped stool, Putchair has an edge length of approximately 400mm. It consists of 216 single balls, each of them with an approximate diameter of 70mm. At total, 432 black balloons, 1296 single adhesive Velcro dots and 2,16sqm of foam material with a strength of 10mm where used.

TAGS:
stool, balloons, foam, soft, weird, black, balls, sphere, immaterial, cube

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Putchair is based on a simple idea: an undefined black mass which can be formed by its user to fit his needs. Research in the context of this project was more an exploration of different materials, which offered the opportunity to morph into a contagious form but as well exist on its own by generating visual connection. Formal studies brought me to the conclusion, that the most immaterial impression could be achieved through most abstracted forms, which ended up being small, black spheres.

CHALLENGE:
As Putchair does not follow a distinctive formal language, its aesthetic is rather based on its materiality and concept. Accordingly, the most intensive part of the project was finding the right material to convey the message of an insubstantial, rather extraterrestrial object. As I made my choice, the actual building of the prototype turned out to be an exhausting, longsome period, which I could successfully conclude through the help of some friends.

ADDED DATE:
2018-11-27 18:43:37

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Alicia Rühr, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Alicia Rühr

PROFILE:
My name is Alicia Rühr and I am currently studying industrial design at Munich University of Applied Sciences. I am also involved in projects such as the DOC. student magazine of the faculty of design. In 2018 I was accepted into the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes - the top scholarship for outstanding students in Germany. My vision of product design does not only include the object, but also demands an interdisciplinarity within and beyond the boundaries of the discipline. Responsibility for people and our environment should be at the heart of every design process.

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Putchair Stool by Alicia Rühr is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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Putchair Stool by Alicia Rühr is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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