A modular and flexible seat made of a single material, warm and comfortable. Created in wood, and industrially manufactured using artisan processes, the chair combines experience and energy efficiency to conclude with a flexible and personal system, which responds not only to the needs of religious environments, but also to the various uses of the community that are can pose.
The creation of the chair has been a challenge, since from the concept wood was considered as the only material and in projecting a pattern far from classical geometry, devoid of joints and unions in other materials. Specifically, two varieties of wood from sustainable forests have been used: Flanders and Melis. Both, by combining their different colors, veins and textures, give dynamism and volume to the piece. On the other hand, the design responds to a fractal system, since its basic structure is replicated on smaller scales.
To form each chair, 20 8cm-wide and 2.5cm-thick slats are used, carved at different heights and joined at angles that are always multiples of 8°. The slats are joined by a zig-zag “finger joint”, which according to Ferrando “is the origin of the project, since it is what is reproduced when the two varieties of wood used are joined”.
The seat (8 slats) is joined to the backrest (8 slats) by means of wooden joints, and the whole is then supported on 2 feet with 2 slats each. In an ensemble composition of the Biennale chair, the feet create a framework that resembles that of tree branches.
Figueras Seating Europe SL
Josep Ferrando Architecture
Pau Borràs, Silvia Matesanz, Andrea Taylor, Adrià Ruiz