Haleiwa Chair by Melissa Mae Tan

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Haleiwa

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
This piece was inspired by the concept of balance. The balance between strength and fluidity, modern and traditional, complexity and simplicity.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Legacy meets contemporary. Grace meets strength. Sweeping curves seamlessly merge with striking lines. Rattan, a pliant material commonly used in indigenous Philippine furniture, gets a modern upgrade when paired with a solid metal frame. This chair's form and weave pay tribute to the rich history of the material and the artisans that have crafted pieces from it, while breaking away from tradition just enough to create a statement.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The chair is wide enough for the user to sit comfortably in any position. Cushions are also provided for additional ease and comfort without distracting from the visual impact.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The chair was conceptualized in August 2019 and prototype finished October 2019. Designed and manufactured in Manila, Philippines

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Rattan is a sustainable material commonly used for weaving due to its durability. A cantilever design would not have been practical, and thus metal framing was used to add stability. As a nod to the handwoven rattan, the metal was manually bent to shape.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
640mm width x 850mm depth x 830mm height

TAGS:
haleiwa, chair, rattan, woven, handmade, indigenous

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research focus for the Haleiwa was on the balance and stability based on its unconventional form. The optimum placements of supports and dimensions of elements were studied and tested throughout the prototyping period.

CHALLENGE:
Stability was a key concern. The width of the legs that connect the base to the seat posed a challenge. The design of a triangular base was the solution that balanced the structural and aesthetic. Internal support placement also posed a challenge since the design shows all of its skeletal composition. The supports had to be created and then strategically located in order to maximize stability, while being as inconspicuous as possible.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-20 01:32:19

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Melissa Mae Tan

IMAGE CREDITS:
All images: Photographer Berwin Coroza, 2020


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Beyond Function

PROFILE:
Beyond Function was initiated based on a common desire to provide good design and quality products that are locally imagined and produced. The company was launched in October 2019 and currently has products ranging from home furniture as well as children’s basketry, accessories and furniture. Beyond Function is passionate about the environment and therefore mindful of the impact of design, materials, manufacturing and packaging to our earth.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Haleiwa Chair by Melissa Mae Tan is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Haleiwa Chair by Melissa Mae Tan is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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