SEAT – A Chair Pavillion




A Chair Pavillion?

SEAT is composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground. It formalizes the transformation of chairs from detached usable objects into structural and spatial components of an ambiguously occupiable edifice. It’s intended to be legible and readable as a collection of individual seats, but when approached, visitors realize that sitting down in any one of them amounts to a deliberate act of occupation one can’t take for granted as usual; a temporary social contract to redefine their perception of sitting embodied as architecture. The structure is zoned by rotational differentiation in groups. Chairs around the immediate periphery are rotated for outward observation of the city and the surrounding neighborhood. At the base of the vortex, chairs turn inward to create an intimate, compressive space for visitors to converse and regard the upward flow of chairs transcending their function. Chairs suspended above ground between these zones re-constitute the role of the seated object as one that can also play as structure, decoration, and enclosure.

The chairs are additively assembled through a modified “corbelling” process achieved by sequentially attaching chairs beginning at the edges and corners working towards the center. At times, the result playfully resembles Persian Muqarnas. The chairs are esiliently connected to each other via simple lag bolts, clamps, and screws that are hidden from view. Parametric detailing manages tolerances and connection pecifics of this hardware. Moment and shear forces are transferred through the entire structure as a continuous diaphragm ultimately loading at the vortex center and the seated periphery on the ground. A number of base connections, platforms, or struts may also augment structural stability and anchorage. Some cantilevered extensions exist to create overhanging enclosure, but are minor in actual weight aloft. Redundancy in aterial and connection will allow for stability, flexibility, and safety overall.


Yong Ju Lee and Brian Brush are partners in the New York-based design collaboration E/B Office, founded in 2008 (formerly SoftRigid). We create works which inhabit all scales of the built environment: from products, furniture and interiors, to buildings, public art, and strategic master plans. Innovative and visionary, we aspire to build high-resolution environments with exceptional intelligence, beauty, and integrity.

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Art Nouveau Chairs (1): Villa Esche Armchair by Henry Van de Velde

Villa Esche Armchair by Henry Van de Velde
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To me the back looks as if it is an original one, but I’m not sure.

Does the little Persian rug detonate or not? I believe it does and you?

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Bench Building

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Building as bench : The Green Light District – green dutch design & architecture

Libeskind Diamond Chair

Photo © Studio Libeskind

As every architect with some self esteem Daniel Libeskind designed a chair. I coined this chair The Diamond Chair, but its official name is Spirit House Chair. It was especially designed for the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada. Libeskind designed a new extension to the museum with the name The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. I really believed they missed an ad possibility “The Diamond Chair in The Chrystal”, n’est pas?

Libeskind Chrystal Chair in ROM
Here is the chair in The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal

Production is by Nienkamper… Oops they call the chair the ….. Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

What do you think?