LAMINATION CHAIR

2010

As part of university studies into bent timber lamination and curved structural forms, the lamination chair was both a success and a failure.

The main exploration of studying timber manipulation and strengthening techniques can be seen was a complete success. From design principles to manufacturing techniques, all aspects of the design took shape effectively throughout. The strong yet slim shapes were a testament to the lamination technique that combined water forming to soften the wood fibres and then a flexible polyurethane glue used between each layer when clamping.

On the hand… the overall structure was just not enough from a longevity point of view. The consensus was that there was too much overall flexibility within the chair, hindering its overall strength and durability. The conclusion was made that the technique and style of the chair could be developed further but major design changes would have to be made in terms of proportions and joinery techniques.

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