How NOT To: Design Chairs




Following this simple tutorial even you can learn how NOT to design chair. This tutorial is especially handy for designers but might profe useful for other crafty people out there too.

If you are impatient you can skip browsing and simply enjoy this video tutorial:


Step 1: 1# Find a Place to Sit.

Find a place to sit in the wilderness or if you cannot reach the wilderness just find any place to sit.

Step 2: 2# Think About the Amount of Chair We Already Have.

You'll notice that most household do not need chairs... If something they need to rid them selfs of some to optimize the usage of space. Designing new chairs will not help us to solve issues with the lack of space because we'll need to store the old chairs somewhere. Where will the old chairs go? You might already know that in some cultures people do not even use chairs.

Step 3: 3# Think About the Time You Spend Designing New Chairs.

Now if you are a designer you possibly have sat at a lecture about the "history of chairs" or something like this and even participated on workshops on how to make chairs. The time you spend designing new chairs has been rewarding but the time could have been spend doing something else... What was wrong with the chair you sat on when participating on these lectures?

Step 4: 4# Realize That We Already Have Enough Chairs

"There is nothing wrong with the chair I am sitting on now", "I can see a lot of empty chairs around me", "There are enough chairs for everyone" you realize. Say it out loud. Realizing the amount of chairs we have renders the desire to design new vain. Do not feel guilty about the chairs you have design.. Start thinking how to maintain them. If you meet a friend who does not have a chair to sit on. You could help her/him find one. That's more then enough to provide chairs for everyone in the world.

Step 5: 5# Why Not Repair Broken Chairs to Suit Your Need?

He have a plentitude of decent chairs it the world. Most of them serve our need to sit already but to maintain this ideal it would be smart to start repairing the ones we have.

Step 6: Outro

It is that simple.

We believe that the world already has enough chairs. Designing new ones only takes time away from renovating the ones we already have. Consider this the ultimate challenge for you to rethink how sustainable design should be manifested. If not that... Then think about the amount of time you'll save when you don't have to design chairs for a year. We are challenging designers of the world to NOT design chairs in the year 2012. It's that simple.

To show you have accepted this challenge sign up here: . Your participation will be added to the People IN list of this site if you so choose (by default your participation will be anonymous). Beginning 2012 you may also send us an SMS* (text/photo) telling us what you've done when not designing chairs.

Five designers will be rewarded with "DnS - Design and Craft Diplomas".

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    8 Discussions

    the reason why there are so many chair designs is because there isn't a good set of criteria to judge all the awful chair designs so far. when you sit down you know you could be more comfortable. A good chair is comfortable to sit in. Supports your body and facilitates the activites you will engage in when sitting. Things like being cheap portable storable and using standard parts or being sustainable are all bonuses. Just admit so far chair design has sucked because you all designed for design sake and never dog fooded your own products. But hey opinions are like anuses


    7 years ago on Introduction

    My agreement of your position (sitting) comes with 5 stars attached....well done, even though you didn't actually 'do' anything.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    After all chairs have turned to dust, there will still remain the concept of a chair, thought and ideas are the only concrete elements in a fleeting world.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful and true. After we started this campaign to make 2012 a chair design free year I begun to look at chairs like I imagine archeologist look at stuff they dig up.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    ive always thought that there were too many designer chairs. all my chairs are repaired or bought second hand. i wholeheartedly support your cause, and vow never to design a chair.


    7 years ago on Step 6

    I agree with what you are saying. This is hard. De-growth might be hard but it wont be as hard if we laugh when takin part.