Chair with Belly Button

by I Chao Wang

Chair with Belly Button is a series of lightweight and portable chairs that allows users to utilize the spaces around them, such as stairs, floor, or piles of books, to provide a more comfortable sitting experience. The chair’s design redefines the idea of conventional seats by providing unexpected

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Chair with Belly Button
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I Chao Wang

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Chairs
Chairs

Chair with Belly Button is a series of lightweight and portable chairs that allows users to utilize the spaces around them, such as stairs, floor, or piles of books, to provide a more comfortable sitting experience. The chair’s design redefines the idea of conventional seats by providing unexpected sitting options. The image of the chairs came from a dreamy scenario - a group of floppy and melting forms scattering in a space. They quietly lean against the walls and in the corners like little fellows sleeping. Each chair has its own belly button to lend a little bit of playfulness.


The chairs can be used both indoors and outdoors. The compact round seat fits on the corners on any flat surface. The asymmetrical chair is designed for staircases. It grips against the vertical surfaces of staircases to prevent flip over, and has an armrest shaped into a smooth concave surface for comfortable resting as well as body supports. The chair with a wide disk base is designed for floors. The wide base stabilizes the chair, and the skinny-tapered seatback enhances comfort for longer sitting.


The chairs are embodied through exploring the property of clay. I experimented with melted clay and threw damp clay into corners to see the distorted shapes after impact - they corresponded to the location of collision and retained the marks of force. With the finding, the shapes of chairs are sculpted corresponding to the environments with lines of force. They were further given belly buttons as a symbolic element, which creates a visual illusion to turn the chairs into soft and skin-like surfaces and give them playful personalities.


Production: Utilizing rotational molding to make hollow and one part body in polyethylene; Sandblasting to create smooth surfaces.


Dimension: Stair Seat: 53 x 43 x 38 cm Floor seat: 57 x 57 x 36 cm Small seat: 34 x 35 x 6 cm

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