Things that earn the (coveted?) "Things That Look Like Other Things" designation are nearly always designed expressly to look like the aforementioned "other thing," and Floris Wubben's "Eyrie" Chair is no exception. (If anything, the appellation speaks largely to how much the thing looks like the other thing.)The nest of a bird is an inventive piece of natural architecture. As a designer, who works a lot with natural material, I was always fascinated by these natural structures. The Eyrie Chair is an ode to these natural constructions.
During my search for branches I was specifically interested in... the specific forms of these wooden branches, [which] inspired this design.
In order to achieve the naturalistic effect of curved wood, Wubben used steam-bent ash slats, joined with ash pins and wood glue.
I'm curious as to whether or not the chair is comfortable for long stretches—the best sign of a good lounge or armchair is whether or not it's suited for napping. Perhaps the tangle of wood slats gradually "warps" to the shape of a sitter's body, over the course of hours, days, weeks...
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