Design inspired by nature comes to life with the Slank Occasional Chair. Conceptualised by designer George Gibbens, the design is underpinned by a new concept of ‘occasional furniture’.
The chair is constructed using panels that are spaced apart and then tensioned together, each panel consisting of interlocking pieces of oak constructed using precision manufacturing processes. The inward curve of the panels encourages interconnection, creates a sense of integration, and aligns with the ergonomics of the human form.
The chair takes its form from a unicursal labyrinth – meaning it is open on both ends. This design is said to stimulate creative thought, facilitate enlightenment, and open up deep insights.
Not only is the design circular but so too is the process by which it is created. The assembly consists of bolts and screws to form a continuous loop. A spacer is introduced between succeeding panels to create uniformity. This results in what is called a moiré effect – a rippled, striped pattern that creates the illusion of movement. This action repeats until the necessary width is achieved.
A contemporary high-backed solid chair with a minimalistic design, the Slank Occasional Chair is suitable for indoors and outdoors. It was created by Gibbens specifically to be used in an “episodical context” – alluding to a new genre of household furniture.
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