Designed and produced in Fall/Winter 2011, the Equilibrium chair is the product of a design class at Portfolio Center. This steel rocking chair combines the aesthetic and ideology of the Vorticist movement of the early 20th century with a personal narrative about struggling with the highs and lows that accompany the creative process.
The choice of material, form, and color echo the chaotic industrial vision of the Vorticist movement. The angular forces at either extreme suggest a back-and-forth balancing act between the fleeting moments of inspiration (1%) and the bleak desert of utter desperation (99%) associated with trying to make something creative. Sitting in the chair requires you to balance yourself and lean forwards into the future, with a positive attitude. (It's also pretty comfortable to sit in.)
The Equilibrium chair currently resides in the Museum of Design Atlanta, as part of a larger exhibit on chair design from Portfolio Center students.
Concept, design, 3d modeling: Matthew Michelson
Fabrication: Jason Smith
Principal Photography: Peter Hobbs
Additional Photography: Chris Yoon