InsideOut Chair

Client: Ennso Furniture Group

Size: 23"Wx40"Dx36"H

Budget: Withheld upon owner's request

Completion Date: 2018

Built: Built

Material: Aluminum & Leather

Architect: Herwig Baumgartner, Scott Uriu

Team: Garrett Sutherlin Santo, Ke Li, John Lin

Consultant: Aluminum Casting: Alphacast Foundry Inc.

InsideOut Chair
The concept for the InsideOut chair plays with the idea of part to whole relationship. Solid and void figures are intersecting one another producing interior voids, indentations, seams and openings that partially expose the inner volume of the chair. While some of the interiorities of the chair are revealed, others are withdrawn from visual and physical access. These hidden voids are the result of misalignments of exterior and interior and evoke a sense of uncanny or mystery.

When designing a chair, design and fabrication are closely intertwined. The entire chair was milled as a foam positive and then cast in aluminum, resulting in a raw finish and an industrial feel of the core part of the chair, mixed together with a delicate leather inset cushions. Working with this dichotomy of raw and delicate, heavy and soft, became an important part of the design process where each chair is unique with subtle difference more like a limited edition sculpture. The cushions are made out of Polyurethane foam, upholstered in leather, and embossed into the aluminum cast surfaces.