Butterfly (Chair) by Eduardo García Campos
2012 - 2013, Golden A' Furniture and Homeware Design Award Winner
Inspiration
This piece is inspired in nature, particularly in Mexican "Monarca" butterfly. This insect, in addition to its beauty and despite of the fragile appearance of its wings, is known for its strength and longevity. While other butterfly species have a life cycle of 24 days, this one can live up to nine months, 12 times more. The Monarca butterfly is capable of traveling more than 4000 kilometers (from Canada and the United States of America) to Oyameles states of Michoacan and Mexico (natural heritage of humanity).
Creativity
It is a highly aesthetic piece and yet very functional. It is designed to be produced in one piece. We use the wing shape and structure of a Butterfly to create a very confortable, aesthetic and light but strong piece of indoor-outdoor furniture. But what really makes this piece unique, is the fact that when putting one piece facing another, together they make the shape of a Butterfly.
Design Challenges
All stages of development were very particular challenges. We defined very quick the general characteristics, but the structural, transport and maintenance aspects kept us very busy, specially weight reduction without sacrificing structural strength. The decision to manufacture the chair in one piece brought the biggest challenge, after doing the model carved in one piece, to make the waxes, we had to study and review the design many times (since the first sketches), looking for the best way to make the mold out of a full curves geometry. Handling a piece of wax of this size is difficult, and the melting process took 8 days long, to then go to the casting of aluminum process.
Production Technology
Although initially it was intended for aluminum production, this piece can also be produced in different materials and processes, such as plastic, carbonfiber, bronze, etc.
       
     
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