His Royale Dudeness

The simplest objects are often the most difficult to design. Chairs are some of them.

In that exercise we set ourselves the task to explore a new shape as well as using an unexpected material. During the ideation process, we explored hundreds of concepts, before picking the one that triggered our interest. More than being aesthetically interesting, the shape of the chair was incorporating a massive counter lever, making it even more exciting to sort out. To add to the difficulty, we decided to build that chair the same way surfboards are made. A skeleton of oak is sandwiched between layers of polystyrene. Once done, the structure is rapped with fiber glass.

From all point of view, that project was highly experimental but it worked, at the time and still today.

Sketching process.

First prototype scale 1:20.

Making the final model.

Final 1:1 model.