Best of Design Democracy '08: Seating

As Lloyd noted earlier, Design Democracy '08 is looking to prove that mass customization, ultra-local production and downloadable designs are all viable methods for reconfiguring the way we consume things. Focusing on furniture, they're hosting a competition whose winner gets a high-profile showcase at this spring's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York; designers who dig flat pack, CNC routing and other tools of this next-generation manufacturing system are encouraged to submit designs by March 21. Until then, we'll take a closer look at some of our favorite submitted designs. First up: seating.

Rocker Prototype 3 (there's also Rocker Prototype 2 and Rocker Prototype), submitted by HollerDesign, applies this cool new design paradigm to a classic form: the rocking chair. With smart materials use and a clever design, a single flat sheet of wood becomes a three-dimensional rocker. Hit the jump for more chic seating competing for a spot on stage at ICFF.

"Lounge Chair" was submitted by user kmills, who says, "The idea of this chair is that it is simple and geometric, which is complimented by the sophistication of the intricate interlacing of the joinery. This chair is made with 5/8" pieces of ply wood. The light plywood is maple and finished in a clear lacquer, the dark ply is again maple with a dark brown lacquer finish. All of the pieces can be put in place easily and secured with the aid of adhesive. Along with the ease of the the chairs user friendly construction process, it is also attractive and structurally secure."

"Embrace Bench" was submitted by Peter Chen, who says, "I like benches, especially the mid-century classic Nelson Bench. I love plywood, especially the edge quality of high grade multiply plywood. The Embrace is my tribute to the embodiment of form and material. Designed to emphasize the inherent aesthetic of multi-layered plywood, the EMBRACE is the essence of structural purity. Each u-shaped leg is connected to the top via the two aluminium rods. The rods are captured in the holes of the leg and the c-shaped grooves on the bottom of the seat. The c-grooves 'embrace' the rods, creating the structural system to lock all components together. There are no other fasteners. Friction holds everything."

Stay tuned for more closer looks at some of the furniture designs that may have a say in the way we approach manufacturing and production for the next generation. ::Context Furniture and ::Design Democracy '08

Tags: Chairs | Furniture