One Good Chair Winners

  • Winners

  • andrej blazon

    The CHARITY CHAIR is premised on the value of local production thus enabling people across the globe to produce it sustainably. It is inspired by the cornette worn by the Daughters of Charity order as sustainability as an idea is very present in cloisters dictating their clothing design. (and also by Escher’s designs)

    The lounge chair is conceived in such a way that the fabrication can be extremely low-tech, keeping energy consumption to a minimum. Use of recycled/recyclable materials can be applied to conserve earths resources. In fact production with any flexible material with sufficient rigidity is possible, ranging from hard rubber, plastic to metal sheets. This is because the rigidity of the structure is achieved by the curvature of the surface. This means the transport expenses can be cut because the chair can be produced from a material that is locally available.

    The chair consists of a single flat rectangular sheet of material curved to the final form locked to position with means of cut-in slits/flaps so no hardware is needed. Intrinsic tension (result of twisting into the final shape) keeps it in place. This developable surface unfolds to its original flat sheet resulting in negligible storage/transport space.

  • azul cadenas

    Product: BAMTAK Chair.

    In Argentina, the countryside has its good share of beautiful houses called “estancias” where “asados” (the tradition of cooking meat grilled outdoors) take place with a “religious” frequency. After the meal, people spend long hours chatting around the table, and then move to outdoor areas to continue talking in more comfortable seats, such as chaise lounges.

    Unfortunately not all of us live in “estancias” where spaces are big and can accommodate several indoors and outdoors living areas that serve different needs. For most of us who live in small urban spaces, our living room has to adapt to different occasions. That’s why versatility is an important factor.

    My idea with this chair is to translate a local custom into an urban model.

    This chaise lounge doesn’t require a big box to be shipped, since it is an armchair in its original form. This allows it to save in space not only at the time of shipping but on location. It’s made of multiply bamboo, a local resource that’s found in the proximity of the Delta River, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This fact adds up to its sustainability.

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  • helene cany

    The sediliegi² chair is a lounge chair for two person.
    I chose a place, near to Turin in Italy, where we can see the Alps. Many lovers come to this square because it is really romantic and the view is beautiful.
    This chair is made of molded cork.And the cork come from the italian cork tree. Its shape allows transport easily and to rest comfortably in the sun watching the Alps. The shape is inspired by the cars designed in Turin (Fiat 500 and Ferrari).

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  • Semi-Finalists

  • Design: Mut-Architecture (nathan degraaf, eleonore morand, john mascaro) Material design and engineering: WasteForLife.Org Beneficiaries: the Cartoneros

    The story of the Cartonero BackFlip begins in 2001 with the collapse of the Argentinean economy and an unemployment rate of 60%. For years, hundreds of thousands of Cartoneros have systematized the recuperation of recyclable materials in a country with no official recycling program. These informal workers travel into Buenos Aires from its outskirts and, like a silent, peaceful army pick through the city’s trash before it is hauled to landfills. A meager living is earned selling the recyclables gathered.

    But the recyclables market is collapsing.

    Our goal: create a chair the Cartoneros can use, produce, and sell – creating new economic possibilities. A chair by the Cartoneros, for the Cartoneros.

    An international cooperative asked us for designs utilizing a simple 80×80cm hot-press to be distributed via a chain of collectives in South America.

    From a single mold The Backflip is easily assembled without tools. and combines the soothing motion of a rocking chair with the comfort of a lounge chair, easily flat packed in the space of 80×80x4cm.

    To remain viable, the Cartoneros must augment their collection activities with a manufacturing stream. Working off a single press, and extracting shapes from a single mold makes this chair production realizable.

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  • catherine barsoum

    “Southern Comfort” is a multifunctional rocking chair, designed for the eastern coast of North and South Carolina. In this region people still sit on their porches in the evening and watch passers-by, making a weather resistant rocking chair particularly suitable. Rocking on a rocking chair is usually a solitary past-time, but “Southern Comfort” can be configured in multiple ways depending on the user’s needs, making rocking a social activity.

    Multiple chairs can be stacked horizontally either in the same direction or facing each other, allowing the chair to act as a either a swing, a see-saw, or both simultaneously. “Southern Comfort” is easily stored and shipped because it is collapsible and vertically stack-able.

    The south-eastern coast is ridden with abandoned fiberglass-hull boats, as hurricanes sweep through the region every summer, gasoline prices rise, and pre-recession splurges become too expensive to maintain. “Southern Comfort” is manufactured from the recycled remains of these abandoned boats. Its structural component are made of stamped, recycled fiberglass, which allows for a very simple manufacturing process. The seat is made from the recycled canvas of boat covers and fastened to the structure with snaps in the same method that boat covers are fastened to boats.

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  • Designers: Ryan Horsman, Jason Dembski Advisors: Mary-Ann Ray, Robert Mangurian

    Chopstick/Steamer Stool

    Taking cues from Chinese culture, the goal of this project was to (re)use everyday Chinese items in new ways. The Chopstick/Steamer Stool takes traditional baozi (dumpling) steamers, thousands of disposable chopsticks and simple cushioning material, and combines them into a single piece of furniture.

    The stool uses six dumpling steamers stacked vertically and bound. Peaking out of the top steamer is thousands of disposable chopsticks—accumulated in less than a year by a ‘one child policy’ family—packed together and standing on end. Serving as a middleman between the steamers and the chopsticks is a basic cushion which can be made out of anything from an old rickshaw seat to a pile of rags. The cushion allows the chopsticks to move independently under pressure and prevents them from falling through the steamer racks.

    The slow and methodical pace at which the materials are collected and the stool is built represent a way of life, as the Chinese family takes on a willingness to slow themselves down and take pride in the production of a piece of furniture that is uniquely theirs. The final result is a deceptively comfortable stool which can reasonably be made without spending a single yuan.

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  • XVIIIe Team: Brian Novello Benjamin Bakas Muhammad Hussain

    XVIIIe Chair

    Montmartre, the 18th arrondissement, is perhaps the most influential historic district in all of Paris. This inspiring locale is well known as a haven for the struggling artistic community. In particular, the artist’s square serves as the “social market” for these creative nomads. From within this intriguing atmosphere is where the XVIIIe Chair finds it’s home. It rests comfortably nestled amongst the french box easels and folios, amidst the bustle of curious tourists and impoverished artists.

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  • Susan Drescher

    The Sling Chair is born from the trees that fall naturally in the USA due to storm and disease. This chair was designed for Michigan and is made from a local Black Walnut Tree that was struck by lighting. The seat is made from felted wool harvested from local sheep. The materials and sling style support can keep you warm during the cold Michigan winters yet still let air circulate, letting the fibers breathe during the hot, humid summers. The sling back and bottom conform to any size body and all wood pieces are relatively small. The chair can be easily built in any region with local scrap woods as no piece of wood is larger then 3 inches wide or 25 inches long. Fabric can also be selected regionally using cotton in the south or leather in the west. Whatever meets the needs of the region.

    The style reference the Arts and Craft movement with a modern twist. This reflects the many Craftsman style bungalows that fill the region. It applies mortise and tenon joinery without the need for extensive hardware.

    The sling chair is comfortable and casual, but embodies a classic beauty that fits in any living room.

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  • chao huang

    River side is a good place for people to relax, and I found a lot of people were sitting on the steps, which is actually designed for walking up and down, but not sitting. However, the steps become so natural for people sit.

    Based on this interesting fact, my idea is to introduce the curvature of the chairs into the steps, to make it work for both sitting and walking. This kind of steps will make people to sit more comfortable, while won’t be conflict with walking.

    As the curves are continuously repeating on the steps, the steps looks just like the wave of water. The water wave and the steps wave are blended smoothly into each other, becoming a beautiful and harmonious scene.

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  • Oscar Chun, Janice Kim, Yoon Her, Chris Hyun

    “Yawn” is designed to demonstrate how a chair design for African tribes can be material conservative, provides physical comfort, and pulls out emotional resonance. Being inspired by elements that seem to have no comparison to each other; such as African baskets, water drops, swings, and spider web, the result is unique mix-up of all those.

    The design is intended to complement outdoor activities. The user will find this chair hung from tree branches in multiples. Straws and threads, the materials that they use to make baskets, are used in the same approach that they would use for the baskets. It can be stretched, which allows the body to move around inside. The structure went through rigorous process to minimize the material, yet providing enough stability and support.

    Below the seating is the storage space where the user can store items. The hole in the middle of the seating is where people can move stuff in and out. The form is meant to symbolize rain.

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  • CHEMISTRY: John Chan and Bassam Jabry

    Hammock chair

    Inspired from tropical characteristics of South East Asia, this outdoor chair combines the casual and lazy comfort of a hammock integrated into the stylish format of a modern lounge single seater, made from Rattan.

    Different from typical Rattan furniture, the use of the stretched fabric offers comfort and coolness without the need to add cushions, as is the case with most Rattan furniture.

    A leaf inspired motif forms a cut out at the back of the chair that brings a sense of natural style and allows air to flow through. This further helps to keep things cool in the hot tropical climate.

    The construction also continues the indigenous craft and materials found in South East Asia, including both:
    – Woven fabrics or Batik which could be used for the seat and back rest
    – Rattan for the internal frame covered with banana twist weaving found easily throughout South East Asia.

    The way the seat and backrest are tied to the frame means that the fabric can be changed easily as they are likely to get worn out before the longer lasting Rattan frame.

    A possible name is HAMMAN (Hammock + Rattan)

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  • uwe kartmann

    Name: city frog
    because the shape of the folded up chair reminded me of a flat frog. The idea was to create a low cost chair from 100% recycled cardbord. Germany has a really high consumption of paper. In and around berlin you will find loads of paper recycling companies. In 2008 i lived in the berlin for 12 months and fell in love with it instantly. Especially the eastern part of the city with its many abandonned places full with graffitis, color and life. These places are truly inspiring. After folded together and attatched with glue or duct tape or whatever the customer likes, it will find its own place in the city, under a bridge, in an abandoned building, on a rooftop, or in your home. But like a frog it likes to wander around and explore, fit in. It doesnt have a clean surface, you can see the tape, the paint, the scratches. And like a frog it cant live forever, but it will do its best to fit your body, wherever you find one of the city frogs. When it dies, sooner or later somebody finds it and it will reincarnate, maybe into another frog.

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  • andy kem

    this chair was designed to be milled out of flat material to capitalize on a property of wood seldom explored, which its its flexibility, impart]ing curved surfaces to otherwise planer ones. the tension within the dry-bent wood gives the assembled pieces strength with its interlocking pieces, and avoids any costly fasteners. cut from FSC certified plywood, the material is sustainable, and using CNC cutting methods, quick to produce. The graphic shapes of the pieces are the best blend of material usage and fluid shapes, the “waste” piece itself is an attractive object which could be used as a wall hanging.

    wood is a natural material, its grain and warmth tempting the user to touch and interact with it. The harmonious curves and the interaction of the individual pieces create interesting negative spaces that draw the eye in for investigation.

    the piece fits within its cultural environment, detroit, because it is a manufactured object in a city which is synonomous with manufacturing, but also has a strong arts and crafts heritage. the chair relates to michigan’s also relates to our natural environment as the upper portions of the state of michigan are known for thier vast forests timber production.

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  • K.S.Srinivas Kumar from Foley designs Pvt .ltd

    India is a vast country and is well connected by buses. Most of the every day travel happens by this means of mass transport. The working population of India is close to 55 percentage of the overall population hereby leading to Over crowded bus-stops.The bus-stops are taken up by corporates who do branding by the use of visual elements which generates a revenue

    The concept of this design is to use The Visual Elements of sign boards for seating

    This leads to corporates who see value in using our seating and people can benefit from it at the same time.

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  • Christie Lee

    Produced at the University of Michigan’s Architecture school in Ann Arbor, MI, the Rocking ply-Stool embodies the school’s laboratory-like environment. Current architectural issues of craft, sustainability, and digital design are played out on the scale of furniture. Reconciling the role of the designer and craftsperson in the face of digitalization in its fabrication process, the resulting stool encourages interaction on a one-to-one scale. Plywood, one of the most prevalent materials in architecture culture, is re-formed to supersede its common associations, as rigidity is replaced with sensuality and linearity is replaced with amorphousness. The abstractness of modern design is here undermined with something relatable and familiar to the body.

    Plywood is now a sustainable material thanks to organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and its use is minimized here by digital design, optimization, and coordination. The seemingly massive stool is hollow to reduce material use. Further material savings come from cutting the closed loops that make up the surface of the stool to allow for nesting the layout of the cut sheet. Conforming to multiple body types, the anthropomorphic form invites play, as users interact with it in new ways, usually beginning with a caress of its smooth surface.

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  • wyssem nochi


    homage to Michael Thonet’s N°14 chair.

    6 rattan stems intertwine to give form to r6. Light and comfortable, r6 requires little material to produce. The palm stems are heated and bent by hand then assembled with a handful
    of screws – covered with a rattan cap. Several prototypes were built in 14, 16, and 18 mm. diameter stems to test sturdiness and to perfect the movement of the chair.

    dimensions: 44cm x 82cm x 55cm – 17.32”x 32.28” x 21.65”
    weight: +/-1400 grams – 3 pounds. chair tested under 150 kgs – 330 pounds person.
    finish: natural. black or brown color stain, and varnish.

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    for the past 100 years, variations on Thonet’s #14 were developed locally, the imitation chairs could be found in every home or café, rent in numbers for weddings and other events. the chairs slowly disappeared, replaced by cheap mass produced imports, their original chair factory shut down. In a social and material dance, R6 celebrates the traditional hand made chair.

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  • Neri Oxman, MIT

    The Performative Chaise is an organic-like entity created synthetically by the incorporation of physical parameters into digital form generation protocols. A single continuous surface acting both as structure and as skin is locally modulated to cater for structural support on the one hand, and sensual relief – on the other. It combines structural, environmental and corporeal performance by adapting its thickness, pattern density, stiffness, flexibility and translucency to load, curvature, and skin-pressured areas respectively. It celebrates the negotiation between engineering and experiential performance in being an object of pleasure that promotes material and structural integrity with the physical act of sitting and lying down against a hard-soft surface. The traditional modernist chaise is transformed to promote lounging of a different kind. The pattern applied to its entirety is designed to increase the ratio of surface area to volume in occupied areas where the body rests. It becomes softer and flexible where pressure needs to be relieved. Stiffer materials are positioned in surface areas under compression and softer, more flexible materials are placed in surface areas under tension. Innovative RP and simulation technologies are applied to redefine furniture design as performatively customizable.

    The Performative Chaise demonstrates the notion of body as place: its form and structure are directly informed by the user’s physiological data and the forces applied to it as defined by the terrain. It utilizes state-of-the-art fabrication technologies applied directly to physiological simulation to generate an efficient and effective use of materials. In that, it is not only a product but also a novel design process.

    Bump height as a function of sensory pressure Translucency variation assigned to structural variation Proposed assembly logic Performative diagram of pressure zones Stiffness dependant material selection Overall View of Physical Prototype
  • ilsa parry

    The spear seat concept is the obvious
    solution to occasional outdoor seating
    It aims to bring people together by
    encoraging involvement in the great outdoors
    something Scousers love to be a part of

    Culturally, the Speer fits perfectly with Scousers,
    whether it be catching the rays, watching a
    game of footie or sitting about with friends

    The north west of England has fantastic countryside
    and beaches, something which the Scousers Speer
    is longing to take advantage of, it offers cool charm
    and practicality

    The stackable Speer is easily transported
    to any outdoor event and speered and twisted into soil
    or sand to provide seating for everone

    Straighforward to set up and intuitive to use, the height
    and angle can be altered by positioning the speer to suit
    the way the body needs to rest

    Gas assisted injection moulded from polycarbonate, in
    one piece, the Speer is super strong, durable and resistant to
    weathering. It’s fully recyclable, cheap to produce, therefore
    accessible to all communities and groups.

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    Witty intuitive
    Staright to the point cheap
    Honest simple
    Outgoing transportable
    Bold innovative
    Helpful adjustable
    Generous stackable
    Easy going lightweight
    Personable ergonomic
    Down to earth recyclable
    Poised strong
    Honest transparent
    Glam sleek

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  • Gina Gallaugher David Reeves


    Topography contains two understandings; one deals with specific surface contour and shape, the other with the more general study of place. By compressing these two understandings into one, the idea of place is simply defined by its existing physical surface characteristics. Local culture associated with a specific topography is an emergent product of the physical context that they develop within. By this logic, generative forces of topography can then be considered to be generators of place.

    Topographic formations are often the result of compression. Compression between tectonic plates acts as a parent force, generating surface folds, which are then modified over time by outside forces. This logic of compression became the tectonic logic of our chair. A topography for sitting is formed through the compression of a single band of felt along a rail. The individual can then modify the specific configuration as programmatic requirements change over time.

    At 1” thick industrial felt is malleable enough to fold yet rigid enough to support. The felt is skewered on a cardboard tube and pinned in compression. Adjusting the degree of compression changes the firmness of support. Holes spaced regularly along the felt band allow modification and variation of configuration.

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  • eiji shibata

    Mangrove Chair

    Thin iron sheet (1/16 inches) is used as a stably available and recyclable material instead of cutting down trees. High strength and durability is attained while saving natural resources.

    It is designed by taking advantage of the spring property of the material. The back rest structure that looks like tree branches provides adequate cushioning characteristics.

    The form suggestive of plant roots and tree branches blends with the natural environment when used outside and serves as something like a foliage plant in a room. It will be an icon that constantly gives a sustainable image.

    Structure: All 2.0mm(1/16 inches) steel / Powder Coating (not use liquid paint)

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