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Role: Designer
Client: N / A
Date: July 2015

Intentions: The Butterfly Chair was created as a comfortable, flexible chair that can harmoniously transition from children's room to common space.

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This chair has a frame inspired by the symmetrical wings of a butterfly. The upholstery and colors were chosen from an arsenal of Scandinavian textiles, with inspiration form Svenskt Tenn and Marimekko. The seat features a cantilevered base that allows for a breathtaking flex when you lean into it. The frame is composed of exposed mortise and tenon joints with interior dado joinery.

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Study

Studying Swedish textiles, Danish chairs, and the soft rounded corners of Scandinavian furniture and architecture. 

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Inspiration / Ideation

The process of 3D modeling brought a series of rounded rockers. The playfulness of the rocker reminded me of children's furniture and toys. From there I began to study the relationship and design of children's furniture.  

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After reviewing children's measurements, I decided to design my chair around the merging of a living room / bedroom seater that could transition between children and parent seating.

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Plan / Build

I then created a series of 1:1 scale technical drawings and began a two-week process of construction. 

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The features are designed to accommodate children's seating requirements (ages 5 and up), while remaining comfortable and stylish seating for adults.