We may know nothing on the subject (technically) but good furniture design one of our favorite things to ogle. It’s intersection with digital design and creation is a fascinating one and definitely represents a shift in how we make goods. LA architect and designer Patrick Lun is a big advocate of this new way of making and is creating all sorts of wild design items. His Flitch Chairs are an example of this practice at play and are elegant, sleek, and futuristic, exactly as you imagine a chair made by robots and software to look.
The Flitch Chair 1 is the first of two chairs in this style that he made. It’s a woody maple with black accents and is very lean. “This is the first chair of two this is the first chair of two that examines the combination of differing materials to increase strength, and reduce dimension and weight,” Lun explains. “Essentially, it is a wood chair contained within an exterior steel box. The box is comprised of four CNC plasma cut profiles of 14 gauge, blued steel. Sealed within the welded steel box is an interior of rock maple.” These chairs are obviously not what you see on the surface: they are a combination of wood and steel that results in a “smaller, thnner chair” that is “able to perform more for less.” It’s sexy.
The Flitch Chair 2 is the same concept but examines more of “the combination of materials to increase strength and reduce dimension and weight.” This one seems a little tighter as it relies more on “reducing shear.” (Admittedly, we don’t know what that means but that’s what Lun explains about it.) This one is a little more custom tailored but, as you can tell, the two are very much alike.
Both are made from Rhinoceros software and plasma cutting in addition to traditional woodworking. They are extremely good looking chairs and they look like the future because they are made by the future. We don’t know if he’ll be making a lot of these or if they were just an experiment but we wanted to share because they are just great–and from a great LA designer. We’ll have to keep tabs on what Lun is up to…