Production Made Furniture Winner 2013
Project Title: Theo Chair
Wood Species and Products Used: Hungarian oak and beech
Furniture client/owner: Chorus Furniture
Furniture Designer: Pengelly Design
One of the primary aims of the Theo chair was to make it light weight, allowing users to easily stack and link large numbers of chairs. The highly resolved nature of Theos design allows it to suit a large range of environments. To enable Theo to be visually fine and strong, laminating was the logical option for the chairs construction. The strength to weight ratio is an important usp for Theo; passing level three severe contract testing and comfortably stackable whilst linked in rows of three. The thin bent ply backrest is designed to flex locally as well as acting as a spring that allows the rest of the chair to flex, dissipating load. The design lends itself to the use of timber, from inception to realised design the intention was always to create a wooden chair which encouraged every part of the chair to be created with the qualities of wood and the technologies used in its manufacture in mind.