The Lounge Chair (and How to Fix, Modify, and Keep It Forever) fosters an emotional connection through continued experience, maintenance, and repair–ideally it will become unthinkable that you would ever want to throw it away. It lives alongside a manual detailing how to reweave and refinish the chair.
This project was showcased at the 2023 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City and shortlisted for the 2023 Global Design Graduate Show.
Made up of 12 separate components out of a uniform stock (1 - 3/4" x 1 - 3/4"), the chair makes efficient use of material. Half lap and cross lap joins were used for ease of manufacturing as well as overall strength.
Adjustable prototypes were constructed using clamps to find the correct proportions. Simplicity and clarity of construction was integral to the final chair. Every element is fully visible and self-descriptive. Each decision was made with longevity and sound construction in mind.
Originally taking inspiration from Danish cord weaving, the pattern took on multiple iterations. The final pattern was as reductive as possible, making use of three separate lengths of rope. Weaving was chosen because it circumvents the issues that come along with traditional upholstery and the costs associated with repair.
The guide contains information pertaining to sanding, refinishing, weaving, knot tying, and components. This information enables the owner to hold onto the chair for as long as possible.
The final chair considers how objects are meant to exist and live in the world. Through continued care and stewardship, we can allow our belongings to exist in a more meaningful way.