This is one of the precedents Krista and I have been looking at. I like its simplicity and its elegance in terms of geometric forms and minimal use of materials.
Saturday at the AIA Tampa Bay firm tour, we visited one firm in particular that had at least a passing interest in furniture, possibly relating to their restoration work at Hillsborough High School. Here’s a few images of models they had in their office. They also had a (cheap plywood) Rietveld Red+Blue Chair which I don’t have a picture of.
Here is an interesting example of a chair by Scott Collins, a Chicago based designer, made from a singe piece of bent plywood. The idea for this chair is pretty simple, the tricky part is bending the plywood to this particular shape. I think the simplicity and minimalistic design of the chair makes it a very interesting piece of furniture.
Going in another direction, this next chair, the Slices Chair by Mathias Bengtsson, begins to show how we could create a chair by cutting our design into “slices” and then cutting theses slices using the CNC machine or the laser cutter. These slices then could be layered one on top of another to create the full sized chair.http://www.bengtssondesign.com/
An area of furniture design that I am very interested in is things that fold and transform. This is especially important because today’s young people move fairly often; it would be useful if the furniture was mobile and transformable.
I found a couple of examples of transforming tables and chairs. The first one is from Dror Design, a firm based in NYC. The chairs can fold flat and become wall hangings, or fold into boxes to become tables or ottomans.
Second, I have an example that was briefly shown in class already, but was worth revisiting. It’s a series of tables and chairs by Roger Embricks that fold completely flat, yet manage to have curves when they are activated. http://www.robertvanembricqs.com/projects.html