2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Liem My Tran
Simplicity is to understand the essence of an object in order to get rid of the parts that are not essential. More than just a structure for the body to rest on, a chair is the reflection of the human body, its measurements, actions, feelings, and its interaction with the space. Limyt is an exploration of the concept of sitting while pushing the limits of structures and the use of materials.
The chair is made out of 3 pieces of bending Maples veneer, including two sitting members and one backing member. The simplistic continuous form of the design is achieved by the continuity of the material as the sitting surfaces transform into the legs supporting the chair, eliminating the necessity of a fourth leg. As a person sits on the chair, the top of the curves created by the meeting of the two sitting members directly touch the buttock and the pelvic bones, accentuating the tactile sense of sitting.
The sophistication of the chair is the result of a complicated making process. The vacuum lamination method requires multiple prototypes before reaching the workable solution and the finding of the right ergonomic sitting and bending angle. To speed up the fabrication process and minimize the molding material, the slanting angles of the chair’s legs and the backing member are designed to be the same. As a result, only a single mold is needed to produce all 3 parts. Although minimal, this slanting angle of the backing piece added with the tilting angle of the chair created a comfortable resting angle for user to lean on.
Stripping off the extras while accommodating a simplistic, functional form, Limyt introduces a new way of looking at chair not as a passive object for a person to sit on, but a system of surfaces suspends into the air that lightly lifts up the body against the force of gravity.