Origami Chair

 
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Origami Chair

The Origami Chair can fold to a completely flat form, which makes it ideal for stacking or storing solutions. When folded into the chair position it is incredibly rigid, supporting upwards of 150kg. The design uses many principles of thick rigid folding patterns, to obtain a geometry that is perfectly designed to enable the assembly to fold in a simple lifting movement. No complicated movements or excessive forces are needed to fold the chair from flat, and vice-versa.

The chair is constructed from laser cut aluminium, with a powder coat finish, and assembled with aluminium rivets. The hinging is performed by piano hinges riveted along all seams.

The Origami Chair was exhibited at the Gallery of Australian Design from December 2012 to February 2013.

If you are interested in this chair for yourself, it can be manufactured in short runs. Please contact me for more information.


Here is a gallery of images from the process of manufacturing this chair.

Interlace Stool

 
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Interlace Stool

The Interlace Stool consists of two identical assembled pieces that interlock together to form a stool. They can interlock in two different orientations in order to create a low stool or a high stool depending on preference. The two halves interlock without the need for any latching mechanisms and transfer their load through each other to provide an incredible amount or support. By separating the two halves, they can be carried, stacked or stored away with ease.

The Interlace Stool is constructed from CNC routed marine grade White Birch Plywood and is coated in beeswax for protection from the elements and to highlight the natural beauty of the timber. The form takes cues from traditional Japanese furniture and motifs to provide a stylish yet casual appearance, but with an appropriate level of comfort.

The Interlace Stool stool was displayed at the Brilliance exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra from December 2011 to February 2012. It has been selected to feature in the Workshopped 2012 exhibition from October 31 to November 10, as part of Sydney Design 2012.

Carbon Fibre Stool

 
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Carbon Fibre Stool

The brief for this project was to design and build a product using composite materials, these primarily being fibre glass, carbon fibre, and Kevlar. The product should be uniquely designed to take full advantage of the benefits that the composite materials can offer, such as increased stiffness, incredible strength-to-weight ratio, free form moulding ability, etc.

Design

This design is a casual chair/stool that is lightweight both physically and visually. It is intended to only provide enough support that is necessary to complete its function, and do away with any unneeded bulk. By stripping down everything except that which is absolutely necessary, the chair evolves a somewhat elemental responsibility. This plays nicely with the fact that the major structural material in the chair is the element of carbon; the chemical basis of all known life.

Construction

The chair is constructed from 8 layers of carbon fibre fabric (of varying weights and weaves) and features a central foam core which creates a monocoque structure. The outer convex surface is entirely flat from side to side, whilst the inner concave surface is thicker in the center (15 mm) and tapers towards the edges (4 mm). This means that from almost any angle of view, the chair appears to be only 4mm thick, assisting the goal of a visually lightweight appearance.There are four layers of carbon on each side of the central foam core and all 8 layers are bonded around the entire perimeter of the chair. This means that any load applied to the chair will be directed and spread throughout the perimeter of the chair to resist failures. An aluminium handle is set inside the foam core at the front to allow for easy moving and lifting, and contrasts perfectly against the black of the carbon.