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.
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.
Studying Swedish textiles, Danish chairs, and the soft rounded corners of Scandinavian furniture and architecture.
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.
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.
Plan / Build
I then created a series of 1:1 scale technical drawings and began a two-week process of construction.
The features are designed to accommodate children's seating requirements (ages 5 and up), while remaining comfortable and stylish seating for adults.