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Rabbit Chair Logo - The goal of this project was to design and build a chair out of a 4'x8' sheet of plywood--with minimal use of other materials. I decided to design a chair that played on a familiar animal's shape, to remind adults of their childhood.
Development Sketches - Early on, a number of fun shapes were tried including boats, stars, boomerangs and arrows. Once the rabbit shape was decided upon, various leg formations and armchair versions were explored.
Perspective Sketches - These ballpoint pen sketches represent the final direction of the chair. Small foam-core models were constructed, in 1/10 scale and 1/4 scale, to develop a proper support system for the legs.
Orthographics and Material Detail - The chair seat front is set at a standard height, with a downward slope, towards the back. The slope pulls the sitter in and affords a lounge feel. The supports are to be made of solid maple, to provide additional strength and avoid splitting, when the fasteners are applied.
Exploded and Assembly Views. - The first two supports are to be screwed into the bottom of the seat. The next two supports are to be screwed to the first two. The legs are fastened exclusively to the two sets of supports.
Cut View and Detail Drawing - This page lays out some of the angles of the seat slope and the front and rear leg angles.
Rabbit Chair Prototype - The final model is shown here, with a dark stain and stainless steel fasteners. The split backrest flexes, but also provides support, while avoiding the spinal discomfort commonly felt in flat backrests.
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Rabbit Chair
Andrew Templeman
Industrial Designer Boise, ID