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Project completed for Design History at the Portfolio Center.
I was assigned a historical design movement to research. This movement combined with a personal story should inform the design of a chair.
This design evolved from the expressive curves of the Jugendstil art movement and a personal objective to practice vulnerability and be open with my loved ones. The molded plywood evokes an unfolding form leaving the sitter upright in an open, welcoming posture.
The choice of wood is a nod to the popular furniture material of the period as well as a contrast to reveal the soft leather cushion it surrounds. The cream leather is a vulnerable material that shows every mark made over continual use, much like the marks relationships leave on us as individuals.