Quaver; a form study rooted in chair design
Through exploring the Theory of Relativity I set out to create a chair which embodied the concept that time is relative. People sit for countless reasons, whether that choice is to be active or to be inactive, when the choice to sit has been made there is now a reference point at which to observe.
The rocking of the chair encompasses characteristics of a clock's ability to tick, a metronome's click, or a pendulum's swing. The hour glass form of the seat and the rockers are inspired by sand clocks.
Time slows down as you travel faster because momentum bends the fabric of spacetime so rock away because the goal for me was to create a chair where one could sit and allow for time to pass comfortably.
Exploring Forms through models
Using filler rod and a spot welder I was able to prototype a wide variety of forms and explore different rocking profiles.
Scaling up for manufacturing
With hand sketching and Solidworks I was able to scale up my favorite model, tweak the design, and put it into a format which could be understood by technicians.
Renders of the final CAD models helped dictate final form and manufacturing processes.
The entire frame was made out of welded 19mm steel tube.
Furniture User Interface
Comfort and function were high priorities when choosing how the user would interface with the chair, which is why I chose to go with upholstery.
Color Material Finish
The frame was painted copper, the seats were upholstered with off white thick cotton, and the pillow was peacock green in a poly blend with a memory foam filling.
Special thanks to Ya Tuo for helping with the pillow.