A Creative Design: Rising Chair by Robert van Embricqs
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A Creative Design: Rising Chair by Robert van Embricqs

Robert van Embricqs recently sent us some photos and information about his latest work called “Rising Chair”. Here is the description we received from the young designer: “It is very easy to gather a huge collection of different chairs; throughout the years there has been a staggering abundance of them, in all shapes and sizes. But what fascinated me during my research was a simple question: to what degree is the object you’re creating capable of dictating its own design? Is it even possible for an object to ‘tell’ for which form its best suited? And if so, what will the end result be? Following this train of thought led me to discover several interesting options to create a new kind of chair. The foundation of any chair is the flat surface you’ll eventually sit down on. Using this notion as a starting point, I made several cuts in the flat surface and pulled up the different beam-like strands of cut surface. This created the preliminary but already distinct features of any chair: back, seat and legs.

The rhythm of the wooden beams gives the chair an organic shape. The cuts are most visible when the chair is still down. But at that stage of the construction, I still didn’t know what shape the chair would take in the end. This was determined by the various arches of the wooden beams the chair is made up of. As a creator, I felt a special connection to the material I was working with. Molding the chair into its definitive form, it felt like a special, hard to define partnership between myself and the material.” Find it original?

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4 comments

  • Justin D May 6, 2011 at 13:05 PM Login to Reply →

    seating of the unique wooden beams, modern construction create a comfortable seating and comfortable .. very impressive

  • dana May 6, 2011 at 17:17 PM Login to Reply →

    school project, right?
    for a school project it´s great!
    i live the fact that the students are taught principles of design, first.
    endeed they need to understand shape, ergonomics, materials etc.
    then move to the real life

  • karen ho fatt May 7, 2011 at 04:20 AM Login to Reply →

    Very creative and a concept that actually works. I enjoy listening to the thought processes of designers and being able to get into someone’s head. Thanks for sharing that process.

    The chairs themselves are fantastic sculptural forms and love the coloration, whether contrasted or solid, it works both ways. Very creative and a concept that actually works. I enjoy listening to the thought processes of designers and being able to get into someone’s head. Thanks for sharing that process.

    The chairs themselves are fantastic sculptural forms and love the coloration, whether contrasted or solid, it works both ways- very Clever!!

  • Amy Kocur May 7, 2011 at 20:36 PM Login to Reply →

    That with a big pillow on top of it could be the best thing ever.
    Or a high-design outside piece.
    Does make me think of getting dent marks in my thighs though. ;)