The unique design of this chair allows the user to have their own personal space while also having the feeling that they are not completely disconnected from the rest of the world. Our chair has a feature of privacy on both of the arm rests where there is a shade inside both of them that gives the user the option to be either completely visible or hidden just by pulling on a string which will either extend or retract the shade.
Our design of creating a box chair came from seeing different designs of chairs that already exist and combining multiple models into one chair. However, we had tried to create a spherical chair that had a pull down feature that acted as a bubble for complete privacy. Soon enough, we learned from our 3D printed prototype that this would not suffice as a full scaled model. We needed to create a design with more support so it would be able to hold more weight than the spherical model.
We had a few challenges in the process in making this chair. However, our most difficult challenge that we overcame was completely redesigning the spherical chair into the box chair and producing a 3D model of the chair but at a smaller scale out of materials that we laser cut and were able to produce this second model with less than a weeks worth of time.
The chair is made out of two “S” or “5” shaped figures that acts as the base and frame of the chair. The armrests have a retractable shade within each one that providing an adjustable privacy shade for the user should they need to sleep before a flight or if they needed to get some work done in the library before going back to their homes.
Zeus’ Throne, originally was going to be a reclinable chair with a mini fridge and a private blind. However, do to time constraints we figured out that this would probably be impossible to create in two weeks. Then my partner and I redesigned the chair to be a spherically shaped chair with a circular base but since our 3D modeling skills were not up to pair we had to redesign the chair into a more box-like shape. Thus, we turned the chair from a sphere into a rectangle. For the base my partner and I wanted to have something that would give the chair a visually appealing look, thus we decided to design the chair into the shape of the number five. This five like shaped looked visibly appealing because it gave the chair an unbalanced and unstable look to it while still being able to hold a lot of weight. Once we figured out how the chair would look our next step was making sure the pieces would fit together perfectly. We did this by making the pieces of the chair have a interlocking system where every piece would lock into place perfectly but at the same time come apart easily, making the chair easy to assemble and disassemble quickly. For the last step of putting the chair together was to incorporate the the interlocking side walls which would give the user of the chair his/her own personal space. We wanted wanted to make sure that the side wall pieces would be able to come out that way way multiple chairs could be put together to form different combinations; Such as, a love-seat, a couch, or possibly a bed even.
The machines/technology that we used to create our chair was a 3D modeling software called Rhinoceros (or rhino) and a laser cutter to cut the pieces of wood with. The only real challenge to this was that we had to scale the chairs to the thickness of the wood or else the dimensions of our pieces for the chair would be completely off, making the chair incapable of interlocking.
When designing this chair we figured that it would be best to be placed where someone would want private space but at the same time would be able to possibly collaborate. Thus, we thought about putting these chairs in either a library or in an airport type atmosphere that way people would be able have their own personal space but at the same time however users would be able to put these chairs together to possible make a secret study circle or have one on one studying.