This design evolved from the expressive curves of the Jugendstil art movement and a personal objective to practice vulnerability with my loved ones. The molded plywood evokes an unfolding form leaving the sitter upright in an open, welcoming pose.
The choice of wood is a nod to the popular furniture material of the period as well as a contrast to the soft leather cushion it surrounds. The cream leather is a vulnerable material that shows every mark made over continual use, much like the marks relationships leave on us as individuals.
Before landing on a form, I started with many sketches—discovering a simple line movement that connected to my chair's narrative. As I explored how this line could be turned into a three-dimensional form, I took inspiration from the furniture design of Charles and Ray Eames. Before turning my design over to a renderer, I drew elevations by hand using a compass to specify the curves. I also had the opportunity to try my design out on a 3D printer.