Having sketched out a few ideas for a chair design, I decided to continue the development in full scale. I find it highlights any issues very quickly as the ergonomics can be tested straight away. Here are a couple of examples of the design that were made not just to test the aesthetic qualities but also, and most importantly, the weight bearing abilities.
This design pushes the boundaries for structural design, especially for a timber frame chair. Large cantilevers are in no way a new concept in design, but they are a real test of design and engineering. The secret to the success of this chair will be providing the necessary structural support with a three-way joint that doesn't appear overly chunky or cumbersome.