BETWEEN THE MODERN
Furniture | Rocking Chair
For the first time contacting wooded furniture design.
The aim of this project is tried to reveal and shape my own style through paying tribute to design master.
Hans. J. Wegner
The process of intentions identification and concepts generation can be discover comprehensively through understanding a great designers’ philosophies and design spirits,
Hans. J. Wegner, who’s style is often described as organic functionality works, is the great design being paid tribute to in this project. By analyzing his motivation, structural techniques of his design and the creative spirit of each work, the design conditions then be inducted step by step.
Utilizing concise structure to express beauty without unnecessary decoration is set as the main design direction through out the project.
In order to achieve the desired sitting experience, a model with the ability to adjust to numerous human factors was engineered and built, for the purpose of doing angle and size experiments.
Firstly, 1: 1 scale drawings and woodworking equipment was prepared for cutting out the plate, which is used for ensuring the symmetry of the chair. Ash wood was used as the major timber on the chair. Toughness and straight grains are its main features, which provide excellent condition for making furniture as it could support a considerable amount of weight, and could also be process easily.
While picking timbers, a piece of central-close timber was found, which possessed quite beautiful ink-like layered pattern, dyed with purple color. It was ideally suited as the material for armrest, so that users could further experience the feeling of the tactile impression of wood through the sense of touch.
The model was mostly joined together with planted mortise (Milter). Like its name, the attaching process was similar to planting seedlings, with a dowel and two hole. The advantages of using planted mortise joints are its easy construction and effective connection. In some specific situation, it could also be used in the positions where normal mortise joints will be powerless.
The dowels shaped as oval ridges could be cut with circular saw and band saw effectively, and the depths of the grooves on the chair are generally 2cm, except for the 0.5cm ones on the armrests. Boards for sitting, which connected right and left two sides were joint by traditional stub mortise and stub tenon. They cost relatively more time to make, with chisels carved the timbers slowly, but provided stringer carrying capacity.
The gluing process lasted half an hour. In order to allow the mortise joints to be glued at the correct position, they were grouped and completed at the same time to avoid dislocation. No. 60 to No. 180 sandpaper were used for surface treatment. After polished again and again, the chair gradually revealed its beauty. A layer of protective wood oil was used for the coating in advance, followed by another polishing process with ultra-fine sandpaper, No. 240. The final stage was a layer of beeswax as the uppermost coat.
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