Zip Tie Lounge Chair / 2014
The Zip Tie Lounge Chair is a flat-pack armchair made of plywood panels sewn together with zip ties. Requires 16 square feet of plywood, 44 zip ties, and no tools for assembly.
Available as a free download or in kit form at OpenDesk.
Bracket Chair / 2013
The Bracket Chair was an attempt to make an artless chair, devoid of joinery -- expressing each joint as a line diagram of forces, rendered in metal straps.
Cardboard Cantilever 3.0 / 2012
Corrugated cardboard (strong in compression) was laminated to Masonite sheets (strong in tension) with wheat paste, producing a hybrid load-bearing assembly. The two parallel frames are bridged with cardboard tubes.
Road Sign Lounger / 2012
A salvaged road sign, scored with a circular saw and bent with a mallet, was folded into into a strong yet flexible shell and mounted to a light plywood frame.
Road Sign Side Chair / 2011
Patterns of 3/8" diameter holes, drilled through a road sign, create lines of weakness that allow the aluminum to be folded and pinned in place. An old poplar door casing was planed, jointed, and assembled into a tapering base with plugged screws.
Bent Cardboard / 2012
Inspired by the mid-century masters' use of bent plywood, the Bent Cardboard chair was the result of many patient experiments with molding thin, curved panels out of corrugated cardboard and wheat paste.
Scrap Loungers / 2011-12
Made of old-growth fir studs and hardwood flooring salvaged from deconstructed Chicago bungalows, these chairs bring together pure geometric abstraction and solid old-school craftsmanship.
Four Square Chair / 2007-08
The four planes defined by the sides of this chair -- seat, back, front legs, and back legs -- are all 16" squares. It is composed of sixteen pieces of wood, or four squared. The joints are hand-cast aluminum, interlocked to the plywood sides with wooden dowels run through the center of pool-noodle cushions.
Photos by Alfonso Elia.
Tennis Ball Chair / 2006
A grid of fifty tennis balls are trapped in place with four laser-cut plywood panels, forming a resilient, pointilist seating surface. The size of the holes varies, contouring the balls to the shape of the body.