01/28: A Place to Sit and Read Pt 2

During the summer after the first year of grad school I wanted to keep tinkering with the idea of a rocking chair/shelf mix. Around that time a student group at PennDesign called Co+Lab fabricated a counter-top installation for the lobby of the School of Design.


Photo courtesy of Co+Lab

I switched tactics and decided to pursue a similar design language for the chair, with a lattice of plywood providing structure, and a dozen or so plywood edges providing minimal surface for the seat.

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This became the basis for a scale model, constructed with 1/16″ chipboard in lieu of 1/2″ plywood.

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The assembly was solid enough, but did take up a good bit of real estate and seemed bulky, likely to be too heavy in full scale form.

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As it stands one chair would need two sheets of plywood. Moving forward I would like to slim down the pieces, nest the plywood cuts better, and see if such a chair could be made out of one 4′ by 8′ sheet of plywood.


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