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PUFFY PLAID CHAIR

This chair was made in collaboration with Lauren Klein (RISD TX 2018).In my upholstery studio during wintersession senior year, I  learned about the design history behind wingback chairs and I took this as a departure point for my chair design. My family has always had two plaid wingback chairs for as long as I can remember—I wanted to incorporate the enclosing sides of a wingback into a reduced and more modern form.   The form is constructed to look like two intersecting upholstered pieces. Lauren wove the fabric with a double weave block structure, which made it a balanced woven that wouldn't slip within itself. The stuffed pockets were an advantage aesthetically, structurally, and texturally. Lauren made 14 feet of fabric and we worked together to cut and pattern it which proved to be very challenging because of the seam slippage. Reworking this chair, I would take out some of the foam and utilize a tighter weave and larger seams in the fabric.

SKETCHES

PROCESS

Chair mock up (left)

Laminating jig (right)

Untrimmed laminations (left)

Applying fiber glass reinforcement on laminations (right)

Fully assembled chair frame (left)

Upholstering frame in foam (right)

Upholstering chair in muslin (left)

Upholstery fabric on loom (right)

Stuffed plaid pockets on loom  (left)

Sewing upholstery patterns (right)

FIRST UPHOLSTERED PROTOTYPE