Friction

A chair which uses no fixtures, fittings and adhesives. Held together with only friction which increases as the chair is sat on, strengthening it further.

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Process

I wanted to create a chair which relied on some very simple mechanisms to stay together. Friction became my obsession and cracks became my enemy. The main difficulty with bending plywood whilst maintaining sufficient friction is the tolerances are very small. I ended up laying my own plywood out of maple and glass fiber, this gave it the flexibility and toughness to prevent cracks as the wood was bent out of the way. It also allowed me to have the grain on the top and bottom of the seat to face the same direction, also to help prevent cracks.

The holes in the base and seat platform are routered at an angle, this allows for the angle of the seat and the backrest to be controlled to make it comfortable.

4 weeks - 2015