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The Next Chair

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The Next Chair, designed and crafted by The Design Division, is a vacuum-formed plywood chair, designed to fit multiple uses in small apartments, and is manufactured using methods and materials traditionally reserved for skateboard decks.
  • The Next Chair
    Concept : Shane Talbot
    Design : Shane Talbot, Kieran Choy, Nicholas Kelly
    Built : Shane Talbot, Kieran Choy, Nicholas Kelly, Anthea Bakopanos.
    Photography : Shane Talbot

    Exhibited : Workshopped 2011
  • The Next Chair was influenced in equal parts by the summers of my youth spent skateboarding around the beaches of Sydney, and equal parts my professional life, best summarised as long hours seated in an office.

    These long hours seated at an office desk has naturally led me to maintain a strong focus on correctergonomic posture, ensuring that I am both comfortable and properly supported in theoffice; But at home, I look for ways to sit that don't instantly invoke muscle-memory ofthe office, yet, like many Gen-Y professionals, I live in an small apartmentwith limited space.

    The Next Chair aims to solve all of these problemsby being an ergonomic, supportive chair that feels just as at home next to a couch as it is does a computer desk, and implements a small footprint to minimise the space it absorbs in the room.

    The next chair utilisesmanufacturing techniques often reserved for skateboard production, resulting ina structure that is both light and strong, and easily replicable for massproduction.


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