The aim of this project was to design a chair that is easy to use for senior people. The ergonomic and comfort is therefore designed for this customer segment, but even so the chair can be used by others.
For this project I was given a persona to be inspired from. I was given the graphical designer Mervyn Kurlansky. The design is based on Mervyn's personal preferences, likes and own work, but with a touch of me.
The cushions in the chair are removable and therefore easy to maintain and produce. Also the soft cushions and the stringent dark frame, creates a nice contrast between softness and hardness. Materials are smoked oak for the frame and wool from KVADRAT for the cushions.
Mervyn is fond of Rietveld’s designs aswell the Bauhaus school. I used his rather stringent forms for the frame. Further more, when I got to know Mervyn, "solidarity" became a keyword and I used this in my sketching process. Looking more closely at the joints in the frame will show that they overlap each other. A detail in the frame that is a symbol on the word “solidarity”. If one loses his grip the rest will fall.
A Rothko painting, Mervyn’s own designs and the colours from the Bauhaus school inspired the design of the cushions.