Rising Chair by Robert Van Embricqs
Updated: Jan 27
The Rising Chair emphasizes on the natural shape of an object made by transforming itself. Every piece of this chair has its own task to succeed in this transformation. But what fascinated Embricqs during his research was a simple question: to what degree is the object you're creating capable of dictating its own design? Is it even possible for an object to 'tell' for which form its best suited? And if so, what will the end result be?
Following this train of thought led him to discover several interesting options to create a new kind of chair. The foundation of any chair is the flat surface you'll eventually sit down on. Using this notion as a starting point, he made several cuts in a wooden flat surface and pulled up the different beam-like strands of cut surface. This creates the preliminary but already distinct features of the chair: back, seat and legs. The rhythm of the wooden beams gives the chair an organic shape. The cuts are most visible when the chair is flat, but once the chair is taken up vertically the two dimensional cuts transform into three dimensional structural connections that make the overall body of the chair.