C H A I R_01
Digital Design & Production/Editing 4/BIM Course
2013 with: Daniel Niens, Ömer Pekin
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Univ.-Ass. Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Hugo
Univ.-Lekt. MArch Jonathan Asher Kowalkoski
Starting from looking at the Japanese “wari - kusabi / jigoku – kusabi” or The Split Wedge Joints we developed a chain system for assembling furniture.
The joint enables elements to stay in place by the insertion of smaller wood pieces that split the tenon and spread so the elements are secured. It is mostly used for furniture assembly in Japan for large and small-scale application.
The developed system has a very simple mode of operation, because the members can be added in multiple ways. With a precise parametric model and precise fabrication we were able to control the direction and form of the joint.
Having this simple connection system, we have translated it into a design for a chair. The chair has as many equal parts as possible for easy fabrication. However, comfort should in this case not be sacrificed for simplicity. Therefore, there are some differently sized members that contribute to the comfort level as well as to the aesthetical one at the same time, but the connection points stay the same.