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A Chair for Philip Treacy


A hat is to the head as a chair is to the body, but does the individual wear the object or does the object wear the individual? A chair should be designed for all occasions whether casual or extravagant. It should belong to a collection of pieces, different types of furniture, but allowing its presence to shine with its own identity. It is the piece of furniture that captivates immediate attention, as it is a place for repose; analogous to the head as the most potent part of one's body, where one’s eyes first meet. It is to be tailored to the individual, fitting the mold of ones body, and modified to the finest of details to capture the individual's distinctive character. Unique to each dweller, the chair shall morph, where the dweller is worn by the chair; a dynamic decorative element. The intricacy of construction, usage of materials, layers, shapes and quality is used to form a moving piece, a performance for the viewer. The materials and finishes will express individuality, where textures are used to emphasize uniqueness.  Whether it be a simple, conventional chair or a transformative piece of couture, it will endlessly maintain a beautiful, sculptural silhouette. The hidden underlying structure will preserve the chair’s stability while the form will take that of which is dynamic and and in continual motion. A complex chair derived from a simple concept; let the imagination transform the chair.

This chair aspires to capture the dynamic, sculptural silhouettes crafted by this visionary milliner.  The curvature and flaring of the ends allows for an illusion of dynamic curvature from varying angles, where the pieces are finely crafted to comfortably fit the form of ones body.  Constructed of plywood, each uniquely drawn and cut with a CNC router, pinched at the ends with a metal rods and bolts, and held together with aircraft cable and wooden beads,  the form allows the occupant the ability to interpret unique positions as he/she desires.  The deep red chestnut stain accentuates the boldness of the curvatures and gives the wood a rich, aesthetic elegance.

Chair design and construction by Quan Thai and Jane Wu.

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