GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood

Competition Details
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CHAIR BOOKCASE BOOKCASE CHAIR

by Gail Peter Borden
Co-authors: Gail Peter Borden, Borden Partnership LLP

The desire of this design is founded in material efficiency, functional multiplicity, clarity of tectonic systemization, and an aesthetic celebration of the intrinsic form and beauty of plywood.

Developed as a chair and a bookcase simultaneously, the intention was to provide both the storage for and a seat in which to read.

Divided into three systems, there is [1] a cockpit chair that has an adjustable angle of repose and uses a compressive slotted connection, [2] a structural frame and cover/cloak that uses a fingered connection, and [3] an infill shelving system that deploys a pegged connection. The 237 books complete the remainder of the composition.

Focused on sustainability, the chair is materially efficient using over 90% of the 4'x8' sheet of plywood. Based on the hybrid dimensions of Le Corbusier's infamous leather and metal LC2 chair and the flat pack limitations of a single sheet of plywood, the chair bookcase bookcase chair acts as a delicate lattice when empty and a dominant cube when full.

The tectonic to provide for perpetual assembly and disassembly without tools deploys three connection types to articulate each of the systems. Milled with the precision of a CNC, but with a simplicity of connection so that pieces only fit in one configuration, the chair requires no instructions or tools.

The variable cockpit seat is able to rotate in its cradle allowing for adjustable positions for reclining or for task work. It is to be bleached to provide a contrasting coloration while preserving the grain and beauty of the wood veneer.

Celebrating the form and beauty of plywood, combined with the functionality of multiple programs, the chair bookcase bookcase chair maximizes the minimum.