Developed for UK furniture brand Allermuir. The understanding that metal moves and feels differently to plastic was utilised in the design of this chair to create a visually simple seat that could dynamically respond to the body and provide superior comfort.
My involvement included design, development, project management and liaison with the client, engineers and manufacturing.
Created to allow Allermuir to compete with both new and classic offerings occupying similar market space, this chair was designed to be visually distinctive at an affordable price.
Offering variety in colour, materials and backrest style, enabled the seat to be sold into in environments ranging from domestic to commercial.
Developed in Pro-Engineer, the A-surface model was created by myself to tooling level and was utilised to create the final production components.
Additional detail was added to the model by client side engineers.
Models machined from CAD data were modified by hand to improve the look and feel of the evolving design. Alterations were carefully monitored and dimensional and form refinements were fed back into the 3D CAD model.
We worked closely with engineers throughout the process to monitor not only component strength but also the way the chair would react and flex under load. This intelligence was fed back into the modeled data to refine both structure and comfort.
Several 1:1 prototypes were constructed to validate the design at key points during the development cycle. These ranged from handmade foam mock-ups to comfort rigs and finally complete looks like prototypes.