A series of six chairs made from experiments using insulation polyurethane foam applied inside knitted garments like hats and gloves, tights etc.
The project is inspired by the human body. Scale and proportion of the chairs were given by garments that we use in our day to day life. Hats, tights and gloves are used as vertical moldings and scarfs & knitted jackets bind the vertical elements together creating unique structures. The way that the foam is cured inside garments brings a whole range of interesting textures that are revealed when the fabric is removed. As a result, each of the chairs are composed by different textures giving a very special “animalistic” looking to each of them. The result is not only one but a series of chairs that are able to bring emotion and curiosity to the user.
Materials and manufacture
The only material used is expanding polyurethane foam. Resin and PVA is also applied in some areas as a final coating. The different pieces are assembled using a frame that helps to put the elements in place before the final curing. Expanding foam has a very short curing time (2h) in comparison to other materials which make the process very fast and able to produce many different pieces in a short period of time. Also, part of the excitement of the process is in working on a material that is partly uncontrollable, always exposed to unexpected forms. Another aspect of interest is that opposite to most industrial processes that involves expanding foam, the application of the raw material, pre-expansion and curing process happens in the same moulding. Afterwards, the fabric is removed and the finished piece is revealed.
No computer modelling or CAD was used at any stage.