The initial idea came to me one day while sketching out chairs. The striking side profile is what the basis of the whole entire design relied on. From the side, it looks as though it is defying gravity, in a position to show movement forward, while sitting still. As this was the beginning of the chair itself, most of the details for the chair made their way onto the chair as it was being built. It was an extremely organic process, all Natalie and I knew was that we wanted to make it out of Poplar, with this silhouette and "bar stock" shaped wood. Besides that our design took shape, excitingly, as we built it.
Building the chair essentially happened in two parts, with me handling most of the woodworking and construction. While Natalie took part in planning and upholstering the seats and cushions. Our skills up till this point with any fabrics has been making blankets, but we extended our knowledge and learned via YouTube, how to create an upholstered seat bottom. It turned out exactly how we wanted.
Working in the Gulfstream Center for Design's shop taught me that there is a lot of wood waste out there, and lots of people tend to throw out or dismiss woods like Poplar. It isn't an exotic wood, in fact it grows in my backyard. But it is a wood that is traditionally reserved for learning how to woodwork, we wanted to challenge that notion with our design. Making a chair that can hold it's own, despite not being made out of an exotic wood that took hundreds of years to grow. Poplar grows quickly, grows locally, and it readily available in most stores with a great white hue. Sustainability is always top of mind for Natalie and I when designing, and this chair was no different.
Enjoy some photos from a photoshoot with the chair, just after it was finished. For more of these kinds of projects, make sure to head to my instagram @nicozafarana.