I aimed to design a lounge chair that is unique and beautiful, made of a single material that is renewable and biodegradable, is easily and efficiently manufactured, addresses the way people relax, and utilizes stacking for transportation.
PandanusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name and form were inspired by the leaves and fruit of the Pandanus Tree. The spirals created by the leaves reminded me of chairs stacked on top of one another. The fruit looks like little pods, which are curvaceous and colorful. By tracing over the fruit I found the most intriguing shapes. The challenge was to turn one shape into a form, which would be relaxing for a person to sit on. This lounge chair is not intended to fall asleep in rather for actively relaxing, meaning the user would be engaged in some activity like reading, listening to music, or having coffee with friends.
My goals for the chair were derived from the idea of making it sustainable in multiple ways,from the cellulose based plastic material, which is renewable and biodegradable, to the low energy manufacturing process, and the ability for the chair to stack to optimize space for storage and transportation.
I started by finding a way to form a nice clean and comfortable shape with a piece of paper. Because I believe if I can do it in a simple way, it will be easy to make in an industrial system.
The seat was designed on simple rectangular bent plywood with four plus shapes cut through. This design is minimize waste material and allowed the plywood to form curves and bend in more directions to create a nice shape with more ergonomic support.
The legs are one steel round bar. They continue upwards to make armrests for more comfort. The two back legs are positioned to make the chair stackable by taking advantage of the cuts through the seat.
The cushion is made from wool felt fabric. It is the same shape as the seat (rectangular with plus shapes cut through) so it also has minimal waste.
Waiting for a public bus can be a boring experience. In bigger cities the benches are usually so filthy, you wouldn’t want to sit on them.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Duv-talÃ¢â‚¬Â public transportation insta-squat seating system by Catherine Pena could be a solution. It has an inspiring message printed on the surface Ã¢â‚¬Å“You are a role model. You are actively improving the environment by riding the bus.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I found out this design was a runner up in the One Good Chair 2008 Competition:
Catherine Pena’s own words are much more interesting
Duv-tal was designed in response to AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obsession with cars and the lack of support for public transportation systems. For those that use public transportation out of necessity, cars symbolize luxury while public transportation symbolizes an individualÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s limits. Many bus stops do not have adequate seating and passengers are left to sit on the ground, further reinforcing their position in our economic system.
It is my aim to construct environmentally friendly, efficient, and streamline seating for people who use public transportation, to give passengers a sense of authority and autonomy by providing an elevated vantage pointÃ¢â‚¬â€ a position of honor.
Duv-tal utilizes the electric poles that many bus stop signs are attach to. A pole will accommodate a unit of green back-to-back seats that resemble and function much like theater seating and do not exceed the space that a passenger already occupies at the bus stop. Included on the seat, printed text will read: Ã¢â‚¬Å“You are a role model. You are actively improving the environment by riding the bus.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The very nature of chairs and the additional text will highlight and commend an often-ignored social class, for their environmentally friendly activity that should be recognized in the environmental movement.