ercol Flow Chair
Designer: t.n.a Design Studio
Maker/Manufacturer: ercol Furniture
Wood Supplier: Cominotto Legnami
Wood Species: European Beech
The brief for the ercol Flow chair was to produce a modern dining chair that could sit comfortably in any environment. The contemporary form reflects Tomoko Azumi’s aim of improving daily life through design. The refined sweeping lines, the tapered seat and the innovative assembly of back bow and underframe showcase the skill of the designer and the craftsmanship of the maker. European beech was selected for its suitability for steam-bending around the tight curves of Flow’s backrest bow. The stacking function required the minimum possible variation between bends. The need for stability informed the final construction of the comb-jointed assembly of steam-bent back bow and steam-bent legs. Radio frequency bending was used to bend multiple V-shaped back slats in a single pressing. The CNC machined solid beech seat and underframe leg assemblies were designed to be ‘picked up’ as few times as possible, minimising machining time and costs.