Loren Kulesus is a designer based in NYC. Over the past 10 years he has worked in advertising, automotive, branding, personal electronics, furniture, interactive, and product design. He is interested in new design paradigms and manufacturing techniques
2010 ICFF concept is titled: PATHETIC FALLACY
by Loren Kulesus 2010 (the LK in designKLYK)
laser cut masonite shell with inflated foam structure
“slouch” and “relax”
The anthropomorphism of chairs begins with the verb used to describes its action: sit. A chair is sturdy; it must support me- this is the axiom . It is no wonder that the billions of chairs produced since humans ever felt the urge to sit all share such a similar topology. Breaking from a normative view of chairs a new axiom is used: a chair sits; it is for sitting. If a chair sits then its form can communicate a very direct mapping on how to interact with it. Rather than relying on the entire history before the creation of this chair the form presents a self-evidence of what it is and what it does. If a chair sits it can also slouch, relax, or stretch across a room.
The construction of this chair is unique, and the the only known furniture to utilize a free-standing modular mold that allows for many different designs. The mold is laser cut out of lightweight and sturdy masonite. The mold pieces are assembled to form a hollow chair in the design you choose to create. Then a two-part urethane foam is mixed and poured in to 6 holes in the mold. The foam expands to fill in any air holes, and then it hardens to form a single-piece rigid chair. The mold is removed, and can be reused and rearranged to form different chairs. A color dye can be mixed with the foam before pouring to achieve a desired color or effect. There are many benefits to this innovative production method. The mold is lightweight and offers a wide variety of configurations for customization allowing the user to choose things like the seating angle and overall dimensions. The mold is portable and reusable, allowing easy storage while encouraging a do-it-yourself approach to furniture design that allows many configurations within a similar formal vocabulary. The flexibility of this method is a first in furniture design, and can be applied to almost any seating needs.