DESIGN: Open House on Chair Design


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Designing a chair takes skill, understanding, and alacrity. For in this furniture problem only, do you find the need for a shape that is built to last, that feels good, but must also look inviting. So aesthetics walks hand in hand with engineering and comfort. As Vitruvius put it: firmitas, utilitas, and venustas. Firmness, usefulness, and delight.

On First Thursday, November 7th, we will have a show of chairs based on a single Café chair designed by Gary Rogowski, Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio. This design was embellished, enlivened, and enhanced by 20 Northwest Woodworking Studio graduates. They took the parts and pieces of these chairs, glued them up in some fashion, and decorated them. All these chairs will then be auctioned off for a charity event November 8th to benefit Sisters of the Road Cafe. One chair design: 20 versions of that design.

The Mission of Sisters Of The Road is this: to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual.

Join us this Wednesday October 16th at 6pm for a discussion of how this design came to be. Learn about the challenges of designing something that must be strong, light, and attractive. It remains one of the favorite design projects of most of our Mentoring students. Chair design truly challenges one on many levels and the slightest modification to one element affects all the others. Integrated design is what it’s all about. Come out for this free Design: Open House and learn something about chairs. We’ll also have some completed chairs on display to look at and sit on.

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