Quilt Chair (Side Chair) by Will Wells
2011 - 2012, Bronze A' Furniture and Homeware Design Award Winner
Inspiration
Upholstery techniques, the natural beauty of wood grain & a love of tactile surfaces.
Creativity
The Quilt chair is an investigation into the union of soft textural form language and hard materials. A play on a traditional quilted pattern, the design pairs digital modelling and CNC technology with hand finishing techniques in order to push the limits of how we perceive wooden surfaces.
Design Challenges
Hands down the most difficult part of the development of this chair was standing by the decision to make an opulent object that focused on communicating the possibilities of pairing technology with traditional materials, rather than focusing on sustainability and cost effectiveness. From a technical standpoint the challenge was to not let the limitations of equipment and software compromise the overall aesthetic vision. Installing threaded inserts at compound angles into curved surfaces was no picnic either. The benefit of having gone through the full scale prototype construction process, is that the concept is now proven and ready to manufacture.
Production Technology
Cut files for the CNC milled American Cherry hardwood surfaces were created with digital modeling software. Slotted tabs welded to the frame accommodate expansion of the chair seat while welds at the three way junctions allow the vertical frame members to flex outward for expansion of the chair back. Threaded inserts in the wooden components receive machine bolts for easy connection to the frame. Detachable stretchers provide for quick disassembly into two profiles so that the chair can be packed flat for shipping or storage. Turned brass feet thread into the bottoms of the legs to help protect flooring surfaces.
       
     
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