The Rising Chair emphasizes the natural shape an object can be made by transforming itself. Every piece of the chair has its own task to succeed in this transformation. It’s very easy to gather a huge collection of different chairs and throughout the years there has been a staggering abundance of them, in all shapes and sizes. But what was fascinating during the 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 it's best suited? And if so, what will the end result be?
THE RISING FURNITURE IS FEATURED IN THE NETFLIX MOVIE BIGBUG!
Made by the creator of 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain', Jean-Pierre Jeunet!
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, several cuts were made on the flat surface and pulled up the different beam-like strands of the 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 and remains a surprise what shape the chair will take in the end. This is determined by the various arches of the wooden beams the chair is made of. Folding the chair into its definitive form, as a creator, a special connection to the material was born.