The bird chair
IE-412 arm chair
Beech – Soap / Black / Charcoal grey / Snow white / Dark wenge
Walnut – Beeswax
Fabric upholstered / Leather upholstered
The bird chair was created in the image of a bird spreading its wings before flight. The cantilever
backboard is supported by a frame where the arms extend backward. Our goal was to offer a chair
with a unique presence and a new modality.
Instead of using a northern European-style design, which employs curved wood to connect the
arms to backboard in a single line, we stay true to the structural idea of our unique chairs. Without
integrating the backboard and arms through the curved wood, the chair takes on a basic form with
its cubical design despite the gentle form. The relationship of both arms and backboard is critical
to the structural logic of our chairs and indicates the fundamental product idea. In particular, the
most difficult detail in manufacturing this chair is the connection that joins the frame enclosing the
backboard to the round backboard with its intricate structure. The chair also required precision in
the use of finger joints to join the complex form of the rough-shaved wooden parts raised at an
angle from the back of the arms. The rear and front legs are round bars shaped from natural wood.
The arms extend horizontally backward and extend passed the connecting point of the rear legs
and rise at an angle. This posture is reminiscent of a bird spreading its wings in flight. Also, instead
of extending the rear legs straight, the silhouette evokes the image of a bird lowering its body just
before flight. The slight inflection toward the inside creates a serene atmosphere. When setting
up the bird chairs at a table, you will see the intent of the design more clearly. The design creates
dynamic movement and a unique character in space.