The ‘Catch Me’ chair is based on our desire to balance on the two back legs of a chair to create a sense of comfort. The chair physically changes its shape under the shifting weight of the user, by bending it's 'knees'. Once left alone the chair will return to its original shape and awaits the next playful person…
I wanted to make a functional prototype without resourcing high-tech materials or high-end engineering. A Chair that looks like a chair, but with a bit of magic! The prototype is made of traditional wood European Ash, renowned for it strength and flexibility, and used in bowmaking. The open laminating technique, in the back legs, acts like a leaf-spring, bending where flexibility is needed. The legs can be build out of more layers, counteracting the weight of its user.
As part of my research for the project I looked different ways of capturing motion and in particularly at chronophotography. Chronophotography (making sequential images) pre-dates cinemaphotography and was used for scientific study of motion in the late 1800’s. I was captured by the simplicity of this technique and used it for research and inspiration.
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