2016 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
The Product Story
The Fenn Chair is a modern interpretation of classic archetypes and processes, an elegant stacking chair that has been stripped back to the essential features. This minimal design utilises the processes of molded plywood lamination and steam-bending, with no visible joints and fittings.The result is an honest design that is sensitive to modern-day use and manufacturing. A concealed ability to stack eight allows the Fenn Chair to work well in both domestic and commercial applications.
The narrative of this chair is drawn from its stacking nature. The chair has a scallop on the underside of the steam-bent oak legs to allow the chairs to nestle together securely. This crescent shape also provides a grip area for the user. Within the color choices the detail/narrative is emphasized, the scallop is left uncolored; as if the legs were painted then the scallop cut away.
Materials were chosen for consideration due to their compelling nature. We looked for tactile and emotive materials that would be at home in a modern interior. We allowed the materials suited to the purpose to inform our design choices and shape the product, to ensure an honest design and longevity.
Size and Ergonomics
Once a direction had been decided upon, we used full scale volumetric models and 3D prints to influence our design refinement. A process that moves fluidly between physical and digital to establish the perfect size and form.
Seat Height (mid-point, with cushion): 473mm