Zig Stool by Jules S. Jaffe

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Zig

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Stool

INSPIRATION:
Overall the stool is an homage to Gerrit Rietveld. However it incorporates a Zen-like feeling of peacefulness and rest but with the tension of a cantilever. Hence, it uses contrasting elements to achieve its unique design. The stool inspires sitting upright in a meditative position and is also excellent for artists such as guitarists and cellists to use as it has no protruding parts and the base retracts from the seat edge. It is very stable but allows freedom of movement.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The stool employs a unique triple mitered joint that did not exist before. The challenge here was to provide enough stability and strength to accommodate a feeling of lightness and tension in the final design.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Simply sit on it.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project took 2 years to execute in a workshop in La Jolla, CA, USA.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The design was realized in maple because it has the requisite capability to be accurately cut without worrying about splintering. This is actually version 4.2 that took place over 2 years with a variety of materials (oak) and a variety of machining techniques. Ultimately, a set of table saw fixtures that were precisely measured and inclined were used to have the surface meet with extremely high accuracy. The challenge with any cantilever is strength and stability. Hence the large mating surfaces. There are no screws or any other metal parts used in construction. Only wood. Purity of materials was a prime consideration.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
505 x 185 x 180

TAGS:
stool, chair, sitting device

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
As with all projects the tension between good design and stability and strength in construction is paramount. In this case, many of the preliminary designs, when constructed cracked under the weight of the sitter. In addition, since the surface between the base and the supporting rod and the supporting rod and the seat are not orthogonal, it took a great deal of geometric reasoning to make those top and bottom surfaces parallel, as in any design close to this.

CHALLENGE:
The continuous challenge of creating functional items that are also aesthetically pleasing is a constant challenge. Research in form, function and the engineering needed to accomplish the mutual goals of fulfilling those aspirations is a constant pursuit. Ancient concepts related to the golden triangle and its harmony with human perception is related to the construction of this stool as it incorporates a triangular structure that also needs to be extremely stable. The final realization was an exercise in precise and multi-dimensional angles.

ADDED DATE:
2019-07-14 00:04:24

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Jules S. Jaffe (only)

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image # 1: Jules S. Jaffe, 2019.
Optional image #2 Jules S. Jaffe, 2019.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Jules S. Jaffe

PROFILE:
I am a scientist but also furniture and artifacts designer. For many years I had a woodworking company that specialized in table top merchandise. However, now I design for speculation sales.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Zig Stool by Jules S. Jaffe is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Zig Stool by Jules S. Jaffe is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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