The chair was assembled without the use of metal fasteners and its rigidity was obtained through its geometrical form. The chair was also painted with water-based paint.
In fall 2013, a student designed a chair as part of a furniture design build seminar. The Tangent Chair exhibits the inherent strength and flexibility of plywood. By embracing its own design, the curves are beautifully blended together to unite the chair. This union is expressed through the void left behind that pierces through the chair to highlight its existence and elegance. Using plywood and traditional fabrication techniques, the chair ensures a lightness and simplicity in appearance while also retaining rigidity in strength. The result becomes an elegant and unique way of redefining the chair.
Production on the chair began after finalizing the double curve geometry using digital modeling software. The molds were then milled out of MDF using a CNC machine and prepped for the bending process. The chair is comprised of three 1/8” layers of bending plywood. These layers were soaked for additional flexibility and adhered together with West System G/flex Epoxy. The material was bent through cross lamination to strengthen the wood and provide stability.
The chair was prepped for finishing after it was taken out of the mold. It was trimmed and sanded to shape. Following this was laminating a layer of hickory veneer on the surface with the use of adhesive. Heat and pressure transfer was done to insure a proper bond. The final steps involved a combination of a light sanding and finishing with a satin clear coating through a spray application