Conor Coghlan might be an architect, but as part of his studies at Harvards' Graduate School of Design he participated in a furniture making workshop. Tasked with producing an original design, Coghlan writes that he became "interested in how the arms and legs of the chair could work in unison as a type of double bow spring structure—becoming extremely strong under direct loading, yet flexible and responsive to the shifting load of the user."
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Here's how he executed his plan, and it's fun to watch because we see every step from the sketching to the modeling (both physical and computer) and then the fabrication:
"The legs/arms of the chair are made from steam bent, glue laminated strips of ash," Coghlan writes, "and the seat is made from glue laminated birch plywood. Throughout the semester I employed many different techniques of fabrication from hand files to CNC lathes."
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Looks pretty darn good!
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