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How to Admire A Chair


How to Admire A Chair
The Wimbledon stool designed by Keiji Takeuchi for Industry+. Image courtesy of Industry+.

For the most part, the seat is an ordinary, everyday and quiet encounter.

The making of a chair, though, is quite another matter.

At once utilitarian and intimate in its nature, the designed chair is the site and testing ground of a multitude of considerations. The basics of comfort, height, size, and weight are first addressed—does the chair invite its user to assume an optimal posture? Can the chair be easily lifted and stacked, or slide under the table? Is it reliable and durable for its use? And, as asked of any commodity, can it be produced, packed, and shipped to its user efficiently and accessibly? Is it also likeable—saleable?


Industry+'s 'Take A Seat' collection debuted at Maision&Objet Paris in September.
Image courtesy of Industry+.


PC Ee and Karyn Lim of Industry+ share the craft of seat-making with us...

The ‘Take A Seat’ collection is an exploration into seat-making. It seeks innovation but uses only ordinary materials and traditional production techniques such as metal and wood bending. What is the story behind the curation?

The ‘Take A Seat’ collection was curated to demonstrate the skill of our designers and the craftsmen involved in production process. Seating is one of the most challenging categories of furniture to design. In ‘Take A Seat’ we use traditional production methods coupled with a high level of craftsmanship and understanding of the material.

‘Take A Seat’ also invites the audience to experience the different characters of the collections that range from the whimsicality of the Lulu collection to the utilitarian nature of the Wimbledon stool.

The Wimbledon family designed by Keiji Takeuchi takes inspiration from the tennis umpire highchair. Its legs extend upwards as a hand hold and a support for attaching and hanging items. 
Image courtesy of Industry+.


Were the designers given a brief?

The brief was to design a collection of seating that uses ordinary materials with innovative production methods or craftsmanship to push boundaries and create unexpected outcomes.

The Lulu collection by Studio Juju is distinctly sculptural and whimsical in bent steel, whether used singly or multiplied in an environment.
Images courtesy of Industry+.

Could you elaborate on the ways seating is considered one of the most challenging furniture type to design?

Chairs are complex and sensitive. To design a chair that is original and different from the many already existing chairs requires not only experience and knowledge in the field of production. It also requires sensitivity to how the chair could enhance a space or environment. We do not need another familiar-looking chair.

Ebisu is a re-interpretation of the 'soba chair' typically used in Japanese soba shops, characteristically low-backed and small in footprint. The seats of the Ebisu collection are available in perforated aluminium, timber or upholstery, and can be changed with the simple release of an allen key fastening.
Image courtesy of Industry+.


What specific aspects of production, craft, and material did each collection address?

Lulu Collection and Wimbledon stools are made from bent steel. It requires precision and sensitivity to the strong curve that defines the character of each piece. Kei chair is made from steamed bent oak and beech. Craftsmen require deep understanding of the material to create this strong yet thin and lightweight chair. These pieces have very subtle details that make them intriguing and timeless.

Kei is a bentwood chair that found its inspiration in calligraphic brush strokes. Light in form and weight, it is a versatile piece for a multitude of environments. 
Image courtesy of Industry+.

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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