I was so excited when I saw the brief of this one day project because it was all about designing a chair, which is something I love to do. As we were shown with the examples of chair designs, it was really interesting how a chair design could alter in response to which setting it's in or who is the using the chair. Among the examples, my favorite had to be the DSW chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. I have always loved Charles and Ray Eames designs because their designs deeply thought of every users, therefore very efficient, but simple and fun.
During the primary research at school, I found this tall chair which we can easily sit on without bending our knees, which I thought was very ergonomic. I went outside and spotted several different sitting postures, from people sitting on a bench to sitting on a sofa. One thing I have noticed was that many people were crossing their legs when they were sitting. I thought of designing a chair that can prevent leg crossing and fix people's posture.
After sketching, we were given the model plan of the infamous chair designed by Robin Day, and had to design a chair inspired by it. I was interested in people's sitting posture, so decided to make a design that can fix and correct people's sitting posture. I simply designed a bar attached to a chair, which will prevent people from crossing their legs. Developing ideas from this bar, I thought that if people's knee parts are already high up, they wouldn't be able to cross their legs. So I designed a chair in which the edge of the sitting board elevates.
I also observed the relation between people's posture and shape of the chairs. I realized that both a human body and a chair are a connection of two rectangles. To be specific, Robin Day's chair is a conjunction two rectangles, one to sit on and the other to lean our back. In that sense, a human body could be divided in to an upper body part and a lower body part, and those parts are roughly shaped like a rectangle. Supporting the idea of connecting two rectangular shapes together, I thought of inserting on rectangle into the middle of the other rectangle. As I was developing the idea, I thought of rotating the chair into different angles. When the chair was 90 degrees rotated, the design was transferred into a table. Therefore, I sketched a chair with a shorter sitting board inserted in the middle of the longer backboard; In consequence, when it is 90 degrees rotated, the longer back board becomes a main board for a table, and the shorter sitting board becomes a small board shaped in the middle of the table.
I made two 3D models of the chair- one when it is a served as a chair, and one when it is 90 degrees rotated and served as a table. I used wooden sticks and thick paper to create the 3D models. My final design came out to be quite different from Robin Day's chair, but I certainly got the inspiration from it. Through this project, I was able to realize, once again, that furniture is my most passionate area because it interests me the most.
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