Little Thunder Armchair by Grasset Francois

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Little Thunder

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Armchair

INSPIRATION:
The Little Thunder armchair was born of our desire to create a very geometrically stable seat while using materials rigorously. The idea of a half-cylinder soon became obvious because its structure is so effective. Simply adding a seat and backrest to the basic shape can bring the same strong sensations as a summer thunderstorm.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This armchair employs a vault shape, which is one of the most robust structure possible with these materials. It also is highly decorative – examples of this architecture can be found going back to antiquity. Little Thunder’s timeless design means it will be a prized piece for years, isn't it the hallmark of a truly environmentally and social responsible design ?

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This armchair is designed to create a visual impact on its environment. Its shapes and geometric curves give it a highly graphical and surprising character. The lines crisscross but never clash, after numerous attempts to find a clean, comfortable result. Several finishes are offered to best match your desired indoor decoration. Finally, further studies have yielded versions with wider armrests and strengthened, decorative bases.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
We first began designing this armchair about a year and a half ago (in early 2018). After a number of sketches and 3D-printed scale models, we adjusted the shape to best suit ergonomic seating positions. The study and production of the laminated timber armchair were done in Chambéry (Savoy), France.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
After making the foundational decision to adopt an vault structure, the design process progressed rather quickly. The fine-tuning process was meticulous, as we had to account for ergonomic factors. The manufacturing process requires specific skills, including multi-layer wood panels using large moulds. The suggested model is lacquered (with several colour options) or uses walnut wood veneer.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width : 800 mm, depth : 630 mm, Height : 730 mm.

TAGS:
Armchair, arch, vault, wood, Little Thunder.

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This armchair was developed for business and home uses. It will fit perfectly in an office or waiting room setting as well as in a living room or home office.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to design a furniture item, visually powerful enough to represent the diversification strategy of the company. It had to be manufactured in small series, ideally by one or several craftsmen.

ADDED DATE:
2019-09-30 21:18:43

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Grasset Francois, 2019.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Briant Sellerie

PROFILE:
Briant Sellerie is a third-generation family-run saddlery that engineers and designs custom motorcycle seats shaped specifically for your anatomy. They now wish to expand their know-how in the furniture industry, beyond their current focus, because they share the comfort and refinement expectations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Little Thunder Armchair by Grasset Francois is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Little Thunder Armchair by Grasset Francois is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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