Square or Circle Chair by Xin Chen

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Square or Circle

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
This design is inspired by a traditional Chinese instrument Liuqin and the Italian Strozzi chair. The purpose of the design is to communicate the different cultures of Eastern and Western to modern audiences. I want to explore the cultural differences and similarities by using my design as a vehicle because I am experiencing it.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This chair is called Square or Circle. The most interesting feature is that the chair is held together by tension, and can be disassembled into individual pieces, which can then be rearranged and transformed into a representation of the Chinese instrument, a Liuqin. This design can satisfy both functional and aesthetic needs. Meanwhile, it also allows people to carry it easily because all parts can be dismantled for transportation.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The chair was joined together without using glue, nails, and screws. Meanwhile, it holds together by a rope in tension. Users can lose the rope, then disassemble the chair in different pieces.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in March 2016 and finished in May 2016 at Iowa state university. It was exhibited in The 22nd International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, the USA in December 2016.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
It is made of cherry, walnut, fiber rope and hardware. The whole chair was joined together by different parts (seat, back, legs, and stretcher) without using glue, nails, and screws. Meanwhile, it holds together by a rope in tension.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
432mm x 534mm x 1143mm All parts can be dismantled for transportation.

TAGS:
Chair, Chinese style, Disassembled, Wood, Joinery

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The purpose of this design is to inspire people to think and appreciate differently about furniture. The chair is not only a piece of functional furniture but also attracts people to explore different cultural traditions. The design applies some Chinese elements to represent Chinese cultures, such as the color of Chinese red, and the yin and yang circle which is from the traditional Chinese philosophy.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge of this design is that one design can be fitted in both forms a chair form and a representation of Liuqin.

ADDED DATE:
2019-09-14 06:14:41

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer George Ensley, Square or Circle
Image #2: Photographer George Ensley, Square or Circle
Image #3: Photographer George Ensley, Square or Circle
Image #4: Photographer George Ensley, Square or Circle
Image #5: Photographer George Ensley, Square or Circle

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Xin Chen

PROFILE:
Xin Chen is a designer and an artist. He is good at contemporary furniture design and focuses on multicultural elements influences. He has chosen classic joinery and woodworking techniques to his design. All his furniture is handmade that ensures his furniture is manufactured with cultural values, unique design, and high quality which allows people to enjoy the extraordinary design in life.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Square or Circle Chair by Xin Chen is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Square or Circle Chair by Xin Chen is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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