Imperfectly Minimalist Plywood Chair, Final Report Part 1

The inspiration for my chair design came from a logo I created while studying abroad in Europe. The logo had a unique shape that I adapted and applied to the chair’s design. The chair’s initial design was complex and had a lot of curves and edges, but I realized that this would make it unstable, so I simplified it to make it more stable and simpler in design.

My vision for the project was to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing chair. I wanted to incorporate a minimalistic design with imperfections that showed handmade human character, similar to the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic. The specifications for the chair’s function were that it had to be sturdy, comfortable, and able to support the weight of an average adult. As for the form, the chair had to be minimalistic, with a unique shape that incorporated the logo design.

In my initial sketches, I drew different designs, incorporating the logo in various ways. After finalizing the design, I created a CAD drawing that helped me visualize the final product. The CAD drawing allowed me to make changes to the design easily and ensured that all the measurements were precise.

For the chair’s construction, I sourced high-quality materials such as 3/4 inch plywood, wood glue, all-thread, and other metal hardware. I wanted to ensure that the chair was durable and could withstand daily use.

To embody the aesthetic I was going for, I left the hardware exposed in the final design. I wanted the imperfections and exposed hardware to be a reminder of the chair’s handmade nature. The final design was minimalistic yet functional, with a unique shape that incorporated the logo design.

In conclusion, the chair’s specifications were that it had to be sturdy, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing. The chair’s aesthetic was minimalistic yet imperfect, with exposed hardware that showed its handmade human character. The chair was made from high-quality materials, ensuring its durability and functionality.

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  • Yo, wondering what kind of thought you’ve given to finishes. If you haven’t applied one yet look into a soap finish. Its pretty easy to apply, is repairable over time, and gives a great tactility to the piece.

    • I haven’t put much thought into the finishes yet as honestly there is still a lot of work to be done. That’s a great recommendation though, I’ll look into it after I get the whole thing sanded and chamfered.


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