PROJECT: NOODLE CHAIR
COOPERATE: Gaze Burvill
LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2017 EXHIBITED
LONDON EVENING STANDARD 2017 06
LONDON INDEPENDENT NEWS 2017 07
ART & MATERIAL LAB PRESSED
Noodle Chair is a high stool design which explores the traditional furniture making techniques: steam bending and plywood. The making principle of two are similar, both make hard timber soft and then build shape into we want. That is a process from hard to soft and back to hard, so in this project, I tried to make some different curves and visually soft shape.
Steam bending of timber tends to treat the material as a board that can only be bent in a single direction, And plywood manufacture is always too. This project considers timber as a string, or line, in order to find compelling ways to form the material in multiple axes.
Multiple ‘strings’ have been twisted and laminated to explore the impact on the torsional and shear strength of a leg component. The twist alters the load-bearing point of timber, which provides an opportunity to build structures with less material. These experiments show this thinking in relation to the legs for furniture.
The seat is constructed of several layers with more string-like curves. That gives stool more interesting appearance and some details.
The innovation about the traditional skill
and improve the aesthetics to structure
Steam bending is a woodworking technique where strips of wood are steam heated using a steam box. The applied heat and moisture makes the wood pliable enough to easily bend around a former to create a specific shape. Plywood is a sheet material manufactured from thin layers or "plies" of wood veneer that are glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain rotated up to 90 degrees to one another.
Studying the techniques first, then through some process changes and morphological exaggeration, we can get something new. Making the proportion prototypes first, and tried new structure and shape as much as possible, testing the timber: oak, ash, mahogany, and beech. For this project, beech is the best choice. Also, the timber which used in steam bending must have the smooth texture, if not, it will easily fracture in bending, that needs experiences.