This material-driven project is based on the idea of collaboration between two contradictory materials. On one hand, I wanted to work with wood, a material rooted in tradition and known for it’s, strength, warmth and tactility. On the other hand, I wanted to work with silicone, which in contrast is pliable and flexible, adding softness, flexibility and comfort. My aim was to challenge the dining chair in terms of new materials and to take advantage of the flexible silicone as a new feature to enhance comfort. The flexible backrest accommodates the back and allows for user mobility. The gentle cushioning function underneath the wooden seat adds comfort and softness, and the ferrels grips the floor all the while protecting the chair from shoemarks. I took advantage of the functionalities that the material silicone possesses: comfort, flexibility and playfulness.In order to make the silicone collaborate with the wood, I had to find a way that the silicone could lock itself inside the wood. raditional cabinetmaker joinery ended up being the inspiration of connecting the silicone to the wooden handles of the backrest. The two wooden handles are gently placed inside the mold while pouring the silicone into the mold. The silicone will run inside the turned handle and spread out to the two “buttons” on the handles and lock itself inside it, as it sets.
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…is a Paris-born designer who graduated from ESAG Penninghen in 2008. After leaving school he takes the head of the creative studio of a company specialized in objects edition. At the same time he launched Delatour Design Paris, A design studio focused on product design, pack, graphic design and Artistic Direction, working on various projects for brands such as Sonia Rykiel, Hédiard, Rodin Museum, Paris Opera, Orange, Peugeot …
At the end of 2015, he launched a more personal project, the LAB design, which focuses on the development of single pieces and small series with the first principle of experimenting shapes and materials.
As a teenager, Ayn Rand’s book The Fountain Head has aroused his interest in architecture. A story telling the struggle of an architect in New York in the 1920s, to impose his creative vision of free self and get rid of existing architectural dogmas, whose character is freely inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Jimmy Delatour also refers to the architects Louis Khan, Tadao Ando, Agustin Hernandez Navarro and his studio «Praxis» whose brutalist volumes surpass the understanding and whose integration into a green natural space represents for him the best way to conceptualize housing in concrete.
Some time ago Stefan During sent me photo’s of one of his new designs: the Conus Chair. To me it has some resemblance with the Safari Chair or Roorkhee or Campaign Chair.
The Conus chair is put together by the user from a separate seat, back, four legs, and two armrests.
First one fits the conical legs into the conical holes of the seat.
Then the swivelling back is fitted into the armrests, and lowered unto the tops of the legs.
There are two options for fitting the back, for shorter and for longer legs.
The Conus comes in two sizes; one as an easy chair, the other one as a higher version for sitting at a table.
The saddle-shaped back and the seat are upholstered in felt, or leather.
A table based on the same principle is also an option.
I make the Conus in oak or beech wood.