Design Preview Report

Discovery of ideal chair proportions so that anyone can use the chair rather than it being optimized to my dimensions.

More refined sketches.

More refined sketches.

More refined sketches.

Origination of the idea is based on a logo I designed.

Origination of the idea is based on a logo I designed.

Ideal chair angles and proportions.

Inspiration for this chair came from a logo I designed for a brand I was working on. Other than that all other inspiration was subconscious. The vision I have for this project basically involves using plywood slats of the chair profile and then securing them together to create the final form. I want the final product to be in a wabi-sabi aesthetic which is a Japanese term meaning “finding beauty in imperfection”. The aesthetic is typically natural looking, minimalistic, and imperfect in some shape or form. I need to decide what method I am going to use to secure the wood pieces together as I am debating between metal hardware, wood glue, or a combination of both.

I developed specifications for the function of this chair based on comfort, aesthetics, balance, storage, and quality. I think that with my current design plan, I accomplish the majority of these. I wanted the design to sit in a way in which the user would look at it and kind of question how it is standing. In debating what sort of adhesion to use to create the chair I thought it might look good to have exposed metal hardware at the three points on the triangle of the chair. I’m not confident it would look good yet but with good execution, it could potentially work.

As far as the assembly process I plan to use the CNC in the CLC to cut out about 20-24 pieces of the chair side profile and then assemble them together using wood glue or metal hardware. I think I will hand-sand the two exterior pieces in order to give the chair an imperfect handmade aesthetic.

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  • Abhishek Raut
    May 9, 2023 9:19 am

    Hey Rishi
    Its nice to see the updates for your project and what alternative you chose to select. The chair looks minimalist, ergonomic, and really sturdy.
    Are you planning to color it? Because I think the woodgrain is looking nice to and a varnish could also be done instead of a paint to accentuate the look.

  • Reed Beidleman
    April 9, 2023 9:43 pm

    Hi Rishi,
    I really like the design of this chair! I like that you did some research into the proper angles of the back and bottom of the chair to make sure it’s comfortable. The aesthetic of the chair is also very appealing. Have you considered a time restraint on this project? I know CNC is fairly quick but with so many layers it might take a while. Excited too see how this turns out!

  • Will Harris
    April 6, 2023 7:43 pm

    Very slick! Are you going to CNC layers of the profile and then assemble them? Have you considered how users will likely pick up or move the chairs around?


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