Chair 29

Presented by: Jacob Tucci

Creating furniture holds the opportunity to express my theory of humans-object relationships and dwell in the satisfaction of making.

Furniture is first an object of utility, but many people choose furniture to suggest more about their identity than how functionally successful an object might be.  Considering how humans relate to their objects, I strive to craft furniture that satisfies both beauty and use-value, while planning for an object’s functional effectiveness over its lifetime.

The process of Making and using my hands to craft an object is one of the most satisfying aspects of my work.   I tend to be fastidious about every proportion and detail, celebrating the machine-like quality of the object’s assembly.  I use all the tools available to me, hand, mechanical and digital, to design furniture.  3D printing has exploded internationally and opened new avenues for design and making.  Chair 29 showcases my entry into this new frontier of Making.

With my love for Making, I designed a chair that other users could also share in the satisfaction of making, customizing and assembling their own chair, yet still have high quality aesthetics and ergonomics.  3D printing is the future of making.  Rather than searching the shelves, a 3D printer gives an individual the power to create and make what they need or desire. As with my previous furniture pieces, the mechanical connections are celebrated rather than hidden from sight.  

To address the size limitations of 3D printers, the chair is assembled from 29 individually printed pieces.  Each part can be printed from a 11”x 8” x 8” printer bed.  To add flexibility to the chair, alternative bases can be crafted and mounted by the user.  The mounting studs located under the seat act as both an attachment for the 3D printed legs or a stud for screw mounting a metal or wood base.  

The programmatic goal was to create a comfortable and ergonomic lounge chair designed to accommodate the use of digital devices that can be printed by a consumer level 3D printer.  To create an ergonomic chair for using digital devices (like a tablet), the chair has a pronounced lumbar support and high arm rests. 
Organic and mechanical describe Chair 29’s silhouette.  The form was inspired by the proportions of the Eames plywood lounge chair, one of the most comfortable non-upholstered chairs to date.  The organic profile of Chair 29 is complemented with subtle angular lines of the legs and chamfered edges.  The 29 parts are fastened with stainless allen head bolts, adding to the mechanical maker look.  The legs are bone-like in section giving the 3D printed legs superior strength.  For even more additional strength, tubular shafts are incorporated into the leg design to add surface area and to accept an optional steel rod for increased stiffness.  

Chair 29 is in the prototype testing phase.  All the details have been developed and most recently I printed a 3D scale model at 3”=1’.   I am moving forward with full-scale testing and investigating additional upholstered possibilities.

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