Sunday, August 17, 2008

Unique Wooden Ode Chair by Jolyon Yates

This unique chair is called "ODE Chair" that was designed and crafted in Northumberland, England, by Jolyon Yates. ODE Chair is a new collection of contemporary organic chairs launched in 2008 involving the design and making of unique and distinctive one-off and low volume furniture.

Jolyon Yates was Born in Durham, England in 1968, and studied Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University and then Automotive Styling at the Royal College of Art, London.

After a spell at Opel in Frankfurt, working on the development team of the World’s first wholly ‘virtual’ car design, Jolyon was invited to Style Porsche in Stuttgart. In this capacity he worked on major internal and external projects. In a freelance role, Jolyon went on to work with Stefan Stark, Seymour Powell and The Product Group.

Returning to New Zealand in 1998, Jolyon taught Design at Massey University in Wellington before taking up a role at Bakewell-White Yacht Design in 2000.

Pandanus Lounge Chair by Jessica Konawicz

Pandanus Chair

Jessica Konawicz’s Pandanus Chair is made from a cellulose-based plastic that is biodegradable and can be produced through a low energy manufacturing process. Her inspiration came from the spiraling leaves and colorful fruit of Padanus tree, which lends her design an easily stackable structure and a funky array of colors.

Jessica Konawicz
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.

Pandanus’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