Plywood Lounge Chair

There are four kinds of things that I care for: beautiful furniture, nice cooking utensils, books, and good art. I don’t need any kind of electronics, or fancy gadgets, or lots of space. I just want a place where I can have a living room with a library for our books and space for our furniture, and a kitchen where Claire and I can cook all day. One day that will happen, but until then, we have been filling her parent’s house with all the furniture we make! One of the latest projects that I finished is this Lounge Chair. I made it last year as part of a furniture seminar that I took, and I think it turned out incredibly!

The whole idea of the project was to create a chair using baltic birch plywood, a material that I absolutely love. I wanted the chair to be made of a series of similar profiles that when connected would create a slightly contoured shape. So although all of the pieces look similar, they are not. At the same time, I was interested in creating a chair with varying degrees of opacity, such that from certain angles it looks much more solid than from others. To do that, I spaced out the plywood slats with half inch aluminum spacers and connected the chair to the frame at only four points between the two outermost profiles. The result is a lounger that is both large and dominant, but also light and transparent.

dave HI Juan

Your chair is awesome!

I would love to build this chair for my dad’s birthday this year. Would you have any drawings/dimensions?

cheers
dave

lincoln I’ve been wanting to do something like this for so long…

Great lines!

Mary What spare elegance! I really like your chair but I do have a question. Does the spacing of the slats make for comfortable seating or is this meant to be an occasional chair? That question aside you chair is beautiful almost like a sculpture. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

Juan Thanks so much for your comments Bella, I’m glad you like the chair. I did make the base, which was probably the hardest part of the chair to construct. Its made of half inch steel flats that I hand-bent into shape with a blow torch and then welded together!

Andrea [bella eats] This chair is completely lovely, Juan. What elegant lines. Did you make the base as well?

Juan You are too kind Robb… and charmingly eloquent. Of course, you know the story behind the chair, but I am happy to hear you find it so elegant as to fit a god! I agree, the room helps it incredibly and for that I have to thank Claire’s parents. Maybe we should do a post of your’s and Laura’s chair? Or at least a picture of it.

robb claire your food always looks incredible, but juan, i could eat this chair it’s so tasty. especially in profile. perfect height for that room too. it reminds me of an archer. like if apollo were to shoot arrows sitting down, it would be from this chair. swooooooon

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