LEAN

CHAIR

 2019

If you believe there's no limit to sitting as I do; if you enjoy sitting cross-legged; and if you enjoy sitting on the floor occasionally; sit on the Lean chair and find your way of sitting.

Observing the different positions of many people sitting on the same chair, including sitting cross-legged, with legs resting on armrests, summarized some requirements, I decided to design a multi-functional chair. Drew inspiration from an extinct traditional Chinese furniture called "Pingji", which is a piece of supporting furniture in history when people seating low. 

 

The "Lean Chair" reconstitutes an idea of the low seat with side table, armrest, leg rest, the Lean has no limitation on how you sit on it and waiting for the next creative sitting position.

The design project related to a special "Red Oak" challenge, using red oak as the main material to design a piece of furniture which was sponsored by American hardwood and Weaber lumber.

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PINGJI

Pingji was existing in ancient China before the introduction of Buddhism when people seat low on or close to the floor, and the Pingji was designed as a support tool while sitting. That was a long period of time people can not hang their calf or leg in front of people which considered to be impolite.

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Picture from the internet: Ancient scholar leaning on a Pingji

Note: ​There are more different styles of Pingji throughout history

Pictures from the internet - Contemporary Pingji design and multi-functional

CONCEPT

The design was conceived as a multi-functional piece floor chair, the user could use as a seat while function as a side table, arm support, leg support as well.

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SKETCHES AND MODELING

From the formation of the concept to the finalization of the final model, the designer has undergone long-term revisions and improvements.

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1:1 Scale simulation.

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RED OAK & PROTOTYPING

In order to take advantage of the characteristics of red oak as the main material, the final design uses vertical wood grain as the main application method.

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From a production point of view, all parts can be processed in a CNC manner, with sanding and adhesive assembly to complete the prototyping.

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Halfway assembly testing, user testing, finishing testing.

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Details.

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WANTED DESIGN SHOW

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The project offered a wonderful opportunity to expose the work to the crowd, Wanted Design NYC. During the event, the work gained a lot of surprises from the audience and received many comments and suggestions. Overall, the designers were very satisfied with the curiosity and surprise of the audience. They were curious about this strangely shaped piece of furniture and were amazed by the comfort higher than expected after sitting down.


For the designer, this is a testing piece, a great attempt on the so-called "new Chinese furniture", and the first attempt to subtly use the cultural background.

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