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Timber Design Awards

WHR Lounge Chair

The WHR chair is my response to a brief set by the whole house reuse project in Christchurch.

The WHR chair is my response to a brief set by the whole house reuse project in Christchurch. www.wholehousereuse.co.nz It was a project instigated by the Rekindle group in 2014. A condemned family home from the Canterbury earthquakes was painstakingly pulled down piece by piece. Artists/designers etc. were invited to select from the materials available and submit a design to transform these materials into a new form. I chose to showcase the Rimu framing. My construction technique of horizontally stacking the Rimu on edge was designed to visually maximize the grain that was hidden from view for many years in its previous life. I wanted the frame to be relatively unobtrusive to the design aesthetically. The main visual element is the repetitive lines and textures of the timber seat and back. The plum and level elements of the design (under the seat and behind the back) are a nod to the materials original use as the frame of the house. The faces of the framing have been left unaltered to show the original saw marks from when the timber was first milled. The seat and back have been sculpted for comfort using a grinder and Arbortec blade. They were then sanded smooth and finished with oil.