Designing the Perfect Chair


Few objects tell the history of design as eloquently as the simple chair. Aesthetics trends, the emergence of new technologies, ergonomics, social and cultural developments are all reflected in the evolution of chair design. Check out this history of the chairs evolution over the last two centuries.

In this project, we are going to design and build our own chair. It is not as simple as it seems, and as you have seen in the exhibit above, the design possibilities are endless.

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Constraints and Requirements
  1. Anything that you design must be able to be built with the materials that we have on hand or that you bring in
  2. You must have the skills to complete your design and build in the time on hand (i.e. before the due date). You will have about 4 wks to design and build.
  3. Start with a chair that you personally find comfortable. Take ALL its measurements (height, height of seat, seating area, etc.)
  4. Consider building the frame and adding the seat bottom and back as an insert or with another material (sea grass, nylon webbing, etc)
  5. Do some thorough research. I've posted some links below. If you see a design you like, make your own version of it - don't rip it off (that's called plagiarism!)
  6. Keep it simple; It doesn't have to be wierd to be comfortable.
  7. We are looking for good build (sturdy and durable), comfort, simplicity and aesthetics.
  8. You must show evidence of research, a complete design in Inventor, include a detailed material list and procedure list for construction, and finally show a photo of YOUR completed chair in your portfolio. Portfolio should include all of the above.

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For plans on this Canadian classic try Popular Mechanics:
This link has 15 free Adirondack chair plans

Other Chair Links:
Woodworkers Woodshop