Linear: sitting on one line

Sep 2015ย ~ย Jan 2016
Linear: sitting on one line

Challenge

This is an academic project to design and build a chair within 4 months.

I chose to explore the possibilities of a single, continuous line in relation with a chair; whether we could form a stable, sitting surface with only one line, while maintaining the aesthetic of its simplicity, standing its functional purposes, and satisfying the comfort of sitter(s).

Exploring the possibilities to form a sitting surface from one simple line on isometric paper.

Hands-on

After an extensive research into physics, ergonomics and aethetics, simulation prototyping and testing were conducted. I concluded on to one design for building the final chair.

The chair consists of two pieces of components: a steel frame in the form of a continuous line, and a wooden plank which could be laid on top to easily form a sitting surface. The sitting surface is elongated and designed to, for ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธย one person, support both sitting and leaning, with an ergonormically curved armrest/back; the strength of the material would also allow ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธย two persons to sit on top of it at the same time.

3D model showing the ergonomically curved armrest/back with measurements.

3D model showing the ergonomically curved armrest/back with measurements.

3D model showing the chair from the front view.

I worked with iron and steel specialists and carpenters in their ateliers and workshops and realised the 1-to-1 chair prototype.

The chair was tested and approved by peer students of the furniture design class as well as professors of the faculty.

Final 1-to-1 prototype of the linear chair (from the right).

Final 1-to-1 prototype of the linear chair (from the left).