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    Trigger is a comfortable lounger for both indoor and outdoor use. Because of the minimalistic frame the focus is on the exclusivity and crafts of… Read More
    Trigger is a comfortable lounger for both indoor and outdoor use. Because of the minimalistic frame the focus is on the exclusivity and crafts of the seating. Trigger is made out of 190 handmade ceramic links of Belgian clay. The shape of the links is in such a way that they limit the contact points ensuring a high and lasting comfort. Moreover, elastic rings interconnect them, making the seating spring slightly. Trigger got selected for the Portfolio Optimo awards. There mailing reached Royal Botania, a Belgium brand who’s worldwide known for creating refined, diverse choice of outdoor furniture. Because Trigger is perfect for both inside and outside use they invited me over to present my concept. One week later the contract was signed and we got to work. The 2D pattern from which the seat is constructed needed to be revised to a 3D version. For this I searched for a parametric CAD designer specialised in Grasshopper (plug-in for Rhino3d). We found a French specialist located in Austria named François Gandon who decided to take care of this tricky job. Considering ceramics are a new material for the furniture sector, Royal Botania needed to look for new partner firms. The knowhow and mass production now lays in Asia, making the process more interesting and challenging. CONCEPT DESCRIPTION The ceramic links are suspended from each other by rubber O-rings. These are easy to assemble and their elasticity has many advantages. For example, they serve as a buffer for sudden pressure that could damage the links. More importantly, they are created this way that they shape themselves nicely around your body, which guarantees the highest comfort when sitting in the chair. To minimize the diameter of the tubular frame it is made of stainless steel and not aluminum. The frame itself is not visible and does not need to be treated or coated, making the chair ecological by its reduced environmental impact. The frame is split into two parts that are only gathered together in the final assembly, so they can be produced on different locations and are compact enough to be transported. The rope that connects the seating to the frame is undoubtedly the most functional element. Not only does it attaches the seating to the frame, it also attaches the two parts of the frame itself. Like this the Trigger is a tactile whole and the stainless frame is hidden from the eye. Read Less
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