For the One day Furniture 'USE IT' assignment i had to research, develop and produce and outcome all throughout the day. First a presentation of designers and their work allowed me to see how people make unusual decisions when it comes to creating chairs and some that stay within the boundaries of the normal idea of a chair for a seat. Seeing all this expressionist work paired with practical chair design really helped during the initial ideas stage.
Starting with a mind map I compiled ideas of styles of chairs, function and designers which broadened the way i was thinking to being able to create anything I liked and be imaginative. Shared seating, raised seating and maximum comfort were some initial thoughts i had, then i decided to create a contemporary style chair which has a luxury aesthetic using glossy plastics and modern tones such as the basic white.
Our task then involved building a chair around the same design of Robin Day in a paper model. The chair could share similar attributes to the original design which were being able to be widely produced and have an easily recognisable style.
Robin Day Polypropylene Chair
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Paper model development
Having the primary smaller paper model to work with helped me to visualise how i wanted the larger prototype to be and even make mistakes in the design which could be corrected later on. The feet of my smaller paper model were not the right style and the back rest was to thin to be comfortable so I adapted these, keeping a similar style but in an improved developed design.
Construction Of Prototype
After being given very simple materials of paper, masking tape and white tack i first decided the legs of the chair would curve around at a right angle giving the illusion of a large foot at the bottom that was very thin. Also i decided to use a strip to fill the space between the connecting legs and the seat. A nice wide oval was added to support the lower back and two smaller ovals further up to hold the spine and neck in place. The chair seemed quite uncomfortable to sit in for a long amount of time so I used circular shapes again to make the arm rests just with a small fold at the top.
Constructing a Prototype
Final Product Analysis
I am happy with my outcome because of the constant curvaceous style throughout the legs, arm rests, back support and seat, I feel it upholds modern qualities and would provide a comfortable seat for a variety of users, large or small. In terms of the comparison with the Robin Day chair I feel it provides additional comfort as well as a more stable design, which would of course take longer to produce than the mass produced polypropylene chair. The sacrifice of practicality makes way for the modern aesthetic and one of/ batch production of this chair, priced a lot higher than Robin Day's chair providing it serves a better experience overall.