This project was to see what happens if you use a chair to conduct light like a optic wire.
It is based on the three of principals of design. Form, function and construction. So basically it has to look good, the light conducting has to work, and one must be able to sit in it.
Step 1: Inspiration and Startup
This design came to mind then I was watching this Danish television show
called Jersild Live, where there was this circle of light in the background.
So I got to work on sketching up what it should look like and model it up in a 3D program.
Put a LOT of measures on the drawing so I knew dimensions when I started to model it in the real world.
Step 2: Getting to Work!
The model was going to be made as an positive in Styrofoam
This is done in two ways, one is for the front legs that was to be totally symmetrical all the way around. I made a control arc that was made in wood from the drawings, then began to cut stuff off with a variable power controlled Kanthal wire on a rotation setup.
The back leg was a different story.
This was projected up on a big block of Styrofoam. Cut from borh ways to make blocks. Then applied two circles on each side of each block, and then cut with kanthal wire again. Stacked together and wolla! One back leg in duple curved geometric from a straight wire.
As a last step it was all sanded down and given a coating of fine plaster that was also sanded down to give a smooth surface.
Step 3: Negatives
Make negatives in fabric reinforced plaster,
stuff it with glass fiber and imbed mounting discs in the glass fiber while it is still soft.
I am sorry that I do not have any pictures of the forms in the plaster.
Step 4: The Real Positives!
The real positives was made in glass fiber, and has to be ‘’taken’’ out of the plaster forms.
Sanded down to so I will fit on the shell. This step was done with a glass table and tracing paper, so when the form was dragged across the glass plate with tracing paper on it I was able to see where it needed sanding to be perfectly flat and round.
As a final it was all giving a white coating.
Step 5: Installation
The polycarbonate shell was imported, but could be made DIY in thermoformed plastic.
Holes was drilled, and the led’s was soldered to the switch and batteries.
Mounting started, and everything fitted together.
Step 6: Finish Line!
Minor adjustments was made, and the whole thing was polished. This is still my favorite piece of furniture
dispute the product was finished in 2013
Step 7: New Lights
After I got really good feedback on the project the first 48 hours, I wanted to give you guys an upgrade.
Now the chair has 5050RGB LED’s and can be controlled by a remote. I installed an upgraded battery pack and a back plate that will prevent light from getting out from the back leg.