Simple, Smart.

The Chadwick Chair by Knoll

 

More and more people have been observed slouching at work.  Research showed that computer screens were drawing users closer, and heavy chairs at the time did not articulate forward or move easily with the user.  

Don Chadwick had been designing office furniture for over 40 years, and had a couple ground-breaking ideas on the subject. The design brief for the Chadwick chair called for perfect ergonomic articulation in a lightweight package, a chair that would easily move with the user and come forward to promote good desk posture.  Don's directives focused on a timeless aesthetic coupled with a state-of-the-art user experience.

Understated performance:  A calm, simple aesthetic.  Automatic armrests, three simple controls in a compact spring assembly, and an ultra-lightweight chassis.  These features and design decisions compose a chair that disappears while serving its primary purpose -comfort and support.

completed 2005

 Designer

for Chadwick Studio

  Process:  Initial sketches included exploration in simplifying the mechanism as well as ergonomic handle studies.

Process: Initial sketches included exploration in simplifying the mechanism as well as ergonomic handle studies.

  Process

Process

 This keysketch decided the interaction of the major component gestures.

This keysketch decided the interaction of the major component gestures.

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  Lyrical Surface:  Careful effort was put into every part of the chair, even if it wasn't easily seen from the top.   

Lyrical Surface: Careful effort was put into every part of the chair, even if it wasn't easily seen from the top.   

  Process:  The chair was developed with class 3 Alias surfacing.  Since Knoll and Don required the highest level of finish, I received Alias training in surfacing from Nissan's car design department. 

Process: The chair was developed with class 3 Alias surfacing.  Since Knoll and Don required the highest level of finish, I received Alias training in surfacing from Nissan's car design department. 

  Process:  From left to right: the handmade prototype, an SLA model, and the T1 production sample.

Process: From left to right: the handmade prototype, an SLA model, and the T1 production sample.

  T1 SAMPLE UP CLOSE:  Some of the forms found in the chair were inspired by the exterior metal of Porsche automobiles.  Knoll was so proud of the project that Don's signature was molded into the bottom of the chair.

T1 SAMPLE UP CLOSE: Some of the forms found in the chair were inspired by the exterior metal of Porsche automobiles.  Knoll was so proud of the project that Don's signature was molded into the bottom of the chair.

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  Simple, smart, easy.

Simple, smart, easy.